Mark Webber is confident that his fellow citizen replacement at Red Bull, Daniel Ricciardo, will win Grands Prix in 2014.
The F1 veteran, Mark Webber, who retired from the sport at the end of last season and join Porsche’s new sportscar programme, said he was confident Ricciardo would beat his four-times world champion teammate Sebastian Vettel to the chequered flag at some Grands Prix.
”I believe he’ll win Grands Prix this year, which will be a big confidence boost for him,” Webber told the official Australian Grand Prix podcast, Keeping Track.
“Patience will be required to a degree, it’s a new scenario for him but once he finds his feet the sky’s the limit for him.
”He thoroughly deserves a seat, he’s earned his stripes and he’s in a top team where he can show everybody, including himself, what he can do.”
Red Bull was struggled during the testing in Bahrain ahead of next month’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix, but Webber believes the team will arrive in Melbourne ready to defend its title.
“In all honesty, it wasn’t a great day, I guess we still need more time. We have four more days coming up and hopefully we can maximise those. said Ricciardo
“I have to say that on the run we did today the car did feel better. But unfortunately another problem arose and we couldn’t exploit that potential.
“I hope we can do more running next week. I’m happy I’m doing the first two days. At this stage, we just need laps and I’m just hanging to get back in the car.”