Box-ticking exercise leaves as an easy decision for Red Bull

With Daniel Ricciardo headed for Red Bull, it means Sebastian Vettel can relax as number one. Pict

With Daniel Ricciardo headed for Red Bull, it means Sebastian Vettel can relax as number one. Picture: Getty Images - Credit: Getty Images

Adrian Newey is pretty much Formula One royalty, so the words that pass his lips – as much as the designs that leave his fingers – are worth paying attention to.

Since Mark Webber's decision to switch from Red Bull and F1 to Porsche's GT set-up for 2014 and beyond, Newey will have been one of RBR's top brass left to work out how best to fill the Australian's seat.

And it was always going to be a big decision; bringing in the right face to push Sebastian Vettel, while choosing someone still happy to play second fiddle to the German – initially at least.

Come 2016, there could yet be the mother of all driver switches across the grid given some of the current contracts in place – or the intention of those contracts, anyway.

But for now, Daniel Ricciardo ticks all the boxes you'd expect: proving the point of a feeder team, enough promise to get a bit of patience, someone the team knows well already and won't cost the earth.


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In fact, the only problem with the young Australian is that he doesn't pronounce his surname correctly. Maybe the famed Red Bull marketing guys and girls can have a word – assuming they haven't all been sacked over the ridiculous timing of the official announcement.

Newey believes Ricciardo's promotion has the hallmarks of his time at Williams – when a young Damon Hill arrived, before eventually leading Frank's team to a world championship.

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If anyone can call it, Newey can. But in many ways, Daniel better get ready for his world to change – starting in Italy this weekend.

• It feels like the wait has gone on for years – but finally it's here.

Ron Howard's latest big budget Hollywood flick Rush, which recounts the epic 1976 Formula One title battle between Niki Lauda and James Hunt and was partially filmed at Snetterton, had its UK premiere in London's Leicester Square on Monday ahead of its wider release – and that includes a special date in Norwich.

Cinema City are teaming up with Clive Chapman's Classic Team Lotus on Tuesday night for a special charity gala premiere, which will include Mario Andretti's trophy from his Fuji success that year as well as Team Lotus' personnel on hand for a post-film question and answer session.

All proceeds from the night will go to the extremely worthwhile cause of Norwich's Priscilla Bacon Lodge.

It should be a great night – to get yourself along, visit tinyurl.com/rushnorwichf1

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