Daniel Ricciardo doesn’t fear a downward slope occurring at Red Bull despite notable losses from the team.
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Daniel Ricciardo says he isn’t worried about Red Bull’s competitiveness as he prepares for life as the team’s senior driver.
The 25-year-old has enjoyed a fine first year with the four-time world champions and sits third in the drivers’ championship behind the Mercedes pairing of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
Perhaps most impressively the Australian has outshone Sebastian Vettel in both races and qualifying this season.
Vettel has since confirmed he’ll be leaving Red Bull at the end of the season, with reports linking him with a move to Ferrari.
To add to the loss of the German, design guru Adrian Newey will be taking a back seat in 2015, however Ricciardo says he doesn’t fear a downward slope occurring in 2015.
“I wouldn’t say it worries me,” Ricciardo is quoted by ESPN.
“It’s clear this year Red Bull is not the dominant team it has been for the last four years, I guess. But that’s inevitable; you can’t stay on top forever.
“I don’t fear it all decreasing for next year and I don’t fear a downward slope but obviously it’s now up to me and Dani to keep the team at the front and to try and build and get them back to the top.”
Red Bull announced young Russian Daniil Kvyat would be following Ricciardo’s lead and stepping up to the Milton-Keynes based outfit from sister team Toro Rosso next season.