Daniel Ricciardo tipped as top contender to replace Mark Webber at Red Bull

Ricciardo, from Perth in Western Australia, has been encouraged to push for the drive by Webber who announced on the eve of the British Grand Prix his decision to retire from Formula One and go sportscar racing with Porsche next year.

updated: July 26, 2013 10:05 IST
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Budapest: Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz has boosted Australian Daniel Ricciardo's hopes of beating Finn Kimi Raikkonen to next season's vacant seat alongside triple world champion German Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull.

Mateschitz, who has privately funded the return of the Austrian Grand Prix to the Formula One calendar next year, this week said he was impressed with Toro Rosso driver Ricciardo's recent performances as he bids to succeed compatriot Mark Webber.

Mateschitz dropped a clear hint on Thursday that Ricciardo is now in pole position to follow Webber following his strong showing in the recent Silverstone test.

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