Current FR 3.5 driver Antonio Felix da Costa is being linked with a future drive at Toro Rosso as Daniel Ricciardo becomes the favoured replacement for Mark Webber at the main Red Bull team.

Da Costa is currently the hottest young talent to come from the Red Bull young driver program. The 21-year-old Portuguese is a front-runner in the rising FR 3.5 series and was Red Bull's reserve at the Chinese Grand Prix while main reserve driver Sebastien Buemi races in sports cars.

It is expected Da Costa will again be the third driver the next time Buemi's sports car schedule clashes with F1 at the Singapore Grand Prix and Da Costa says he would be happy with that idea.

"I am very happy with this strategy," the Portuguese told APA news agency. "This is a key year -- we're very close to formula one now and my goal is clearly to be there next year.

"For this I want to win the (Renault) World Series. The timing is perfect and I feel very well prepared."

The speculation surrounding Da Costa comes as the on-going fallout from the 'Multi-21' saga links current Toro Rosso driver Daniel Ricciardo with Mark Webber's seat at Red Bull, with many feeling Webber's future at Red Bull is in major doubt.

Ricciardo has become the favourite after a recent seventh place finish at the Chinese Grand Prix, where the Australian qualified in the top 10 and held on to his position despite the difficult tyre situation.

Recently speaking about a possible move to Red Bull, Ricciardo said: "I also want to win, which is why I'm in Formula 1. I want to be the best."

Asked if he could cope with Sebastian Vettel better than his countryman Webber given the recent spat between the Red Bull drivers Ricciardo joked: "I have been out for dinner a few times with Sebastian, we're both still young, and he's pretty nice for a German."

Although he did add, "maybe it would be slightly different between us if we were teammates."


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