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Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull move different to Ricciardo speculation

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Toro Rosso team boss Franz Tost believes the potential move of current driver Daniel Ricciardo to the main Red Bull team would be very different from when Sebastian Vettel made the move up in 2009.

The 23-year-old is one of three possible replacements for the retiring Mark Webber at the Milton Keynes based team for 2014 with Kimi Raikkonen and maybe Fernando Alonso also in the frame.

Tost claims the pressure on Ricciardo's shoulders is getting higher and higher as the likely announcement gets closer and closer, some believe Red Bull will make the decision in the next two weeks.

The next two races at Belgium's legendary Spa circuit and Italy's infamous Monza track could well be vital to Ricciardo's chances of fulfilling his dream as a driver in a championship contending team.

While already confirmed as a Red Bull driver at the time, it was this time of the season that a young Sebastian Vettel made his name in F1 producing a number of brilliant performances. and winning the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

While that win certainly eased Vettel's switch in 2009, Tost claims the fact Red Bull is now F1's top team - winning the last three championships - makes a move for Ricciardo very different from the German's.

"It (2008) was a completely different time," the Austrian was quoted as saying by Brazil's Totalrace.

"At that time, Vettel went to a team that was still under construction. Yet today, if he goes to Red Bull, Daniel goes straight to the champion team.

"The level is very high. We are preparing him in the best way possible but, ultimately, it is up to the driver to deal with it and prove he is capable."

The other major difference between the two moves is Ricciardo would also be joining the man who followed the same path 5 years before but entering 2014 as a potential four-time champion.

"You need to have discipline to fight Sebastian Vettel," said Tost, "who is a world champion, and we cannot forget that. The level is very high."

 

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