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Horner: Red Bull plans to keep Ricciardo; managing him vs. Webber a “walk in the park”

May 15, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

Daniel Ricciardo AP

Red Bull Racing almost certainly wasn’t going to be shaking up its Formula One lineup for 2015, and team principal Christian Horner said Thursday that it’s not in the cards.

Daniel Ricciardo’s on a long-term contract anyway, but Horner said the team is sure it will keep the young Australian on board for 2015.

“We have always believed in stability and continuity,” Horner told Autosport’s Jonathan Noble. “Daniel is on a long-term contract with the team and it will be highly unlikely he will be anywhere else next year – unless of course Ferrari are chasing him as well [as rumors it is pursuing Adrian Newey].

“I cannot speak highly enough of what Daniel has done in the first five races.”

Horner did toss out a hand grenade to end the interview though, comparing Ricciardo to countryman Mark Webber in terms of how much easier it is to manage Ricciardo than Webber.

“It is a walk in the park compared to previous years,” Horner quipped.

Ricciardo finally earned his first career podium last weekend in Spain, with third place albeit some 50-plus seconds behind the Mercedes teammates. It was a nice recovery after Melbourne, when he was disqualified from second.

  1. testover6370 - May 15, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    It is amazing how much more amicable a driver is when the car you’re strapping him into doesn’t explode every single race

  2. techmeister1 - May 15, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    IMO Horner and Marko are unscrupulous pigs, cheaters and despicable excuses for human beings.

    The good news is that Ricciardo is wise enough to play those fools and then jump to an honorable team when the time is right. I hope he sticks it to Red B.S. Racing every chance he gets just as they did to Webber for the past three seasons. I don’t know any team in motorsports history who did more to abuse their driver than Red B.S. Racing did to Webber and all Webber did was drive his heart out to help them become world champions. It’s an unimaginable and incomprehensible disgrace by Red B.S. Racing that they will never escape.

  3. ttnvrl8 - May 15, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    It’ll be interesting to see if Vettel can hold it together in the face of a more competitive team mate. Also, without the best car in hand, will Vettel be able to put a decent season together?

  4. Jeff - May 15, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Vettel put in a great race at the Spanish Gran Prix.

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