number27 wrote:This. I could understand RBR wanting to hire a young driver but to choose Ricciardo over Hulkenberg seems like the wrong decision to me. I really don't see Ricciardo as being able to present much of a challenge to Vettel but, as ever, time will tell.
If journeyman Webber could challenge Vettel at 36 years of age last year, why Ricciardo, who achieved more than Webber did in all his pre-F1 career, wouldn't be able to do that? Besides, if Newey can't find a way to direct exhaust gasses into diffusor like he's done since 2010 making rocketships which suited Vettel perfectly, Vettel will be back to his usual self - Crashkid will return. We already saw that last year, when Vettel, who was driving in a rocketship for most of the year, almost threw title away, making comical number of errors and not coping very well in a car that had at the beginning of 2012 season inconsistently working EBD.
Although it has to be said for now Ricciardo isn't impressive on all Sundays, but that of course can change when joining the top team. He has mature head of his shoulders and his technical feedback is top notch, so let's wait and see what 2014 will bring. It's the best opportunity to change teams, as regulations will be vastly different to those in 2013, therefore someone like Ricciardo won't be as penalised, as he would be joining RB this year.
I know what I'm talking about.