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Hulkenberg calls on Red Bull to sign Ricciardo for 2014

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Young Australian Daniel Ricciardo has been given the backing of Sauber's Nico Hulkenberg to replace Mark Webber at Red Bull for 2014.

The German, who could be lined up as a replacement for Kimi Raikkonen at Lotus if the Finn gets the call, believes it would be a great chance for another young driver to make his mark on the sport.

"I would pick him," the German is quoted by Auto Motor und Sport. "Daniel is a fast guy, and finally a young driver would get the chance to prove himself."

Ricciardo is locked in a fierce battle for the second seat at Red Bull with Raikkonen and also Fernando Alonso mentioned as possible replacements for the retiring Webber.

Should the 23-year-old get the call up he would have followed the same path as current triple champion Sebastian Vettel who made his name in F1 winning for Toro Rosso in the rain at Monza in 2008.

Despite the buzz surrounding Ricciardo's candidacy for the Red Bull seat, Toro Rosso's team boss Franz Tost claims that while the young Aussie is the preferred choice now, it does not reflect badly on his team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne.

"Jean-Eric is a driver who is very good and has a lot of skill," he told Brazil's Totalrace. "The only reason Daniel is being tipped for the job and not him is just the question of experience.

"He has done 13 races more than Vergne, which is practically a season."

Indeed Ricciardo completed several races for the now folded HRT team in 2011 before making the switch to Toro Rosso for 2012.

So what happens to Raikkonen and Alonso if Daniel gets the call up?

Reports yesterday suggested Raikkonen had accepted a deal to rejoin Ferrari for 2014, however the marque Italian team has since distanced themselves from those claims.

"Right now we're really not giving any thought to the driver market situation," a spokesman told the BBC.

However the spokesman did suggest if any alternative drivers were being looked at, it was to replace Felipe Massa and not Fernando Alonso.

"Drivers are not a problem for us, even if we were to change Felipe (Massa)."

 

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