Red Bull have confirmed Daniel Ricciardo as Mark Webber's replacement for 2014, ending months of speculation following the Australian's announcement that he will switch to Le Mans racing for 2014.
Red Bull's motorsport advisor Dr Helmut Marko made the announcement on Austrian TV channel Servus TV.
Introduced to the audience, Ricciardo say he was "happy" and "relieved" to be confirmed as Webber's replacement .
Asked about why Ricciardo had been chosen over former champion Kimi Rakkonen, Marko said that while Raikkonen would have been a very good choice the younger Ricciardo and the potential of the 24-year old swung the decision in his favour.
Ricciardo was then asked if he had spoken to his future team-mate Sebastian Vettel since knowing of his promotion from the junior Red Bull team at Toro Rosso.
"No" was his response, "though we will probably speak this weekend at Monza".
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner declared Ricciardo was "the ideal man" to replace Webber for 2014.
The announcement completes Daniel Ricciardo's rise through the Red Bull junior program having joined the academy back in 2008.
The man from Perth came through Formula Renault 3.5 before making the jump to reserve driver for Red Bull and Toro Rosso in 2011, he joined the now defunct HRT team at the British Grand Prix that year before making the switch to Toro Rosso for 2012.
Since then Ricciardo has been the more consistent performer between himself and team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne.
In 2013 Ricciardo has again shown the greater potential taking a number of notable points finishes in China and Montreal, indeed Marko pointed to that Montreal performance as the point when Red Bull believed the Australian was the man to replace Webber.
Looking ahead to 2014, Ricciardo faces a very difficult challenge against what could be a four-time champion in Sebastian Vettel, many expect the Australian to play second fiddle to the German though Ricciardo himself believes he can put up a good fight against the 26-year old.
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