Daniel Ricciardo ‘set to replace Mark Webber at Red Bull next season’

Red Bull are reportedly ready to dump Mark Webber at the end of the F1 season and bring in Toro Rosso rookie Daniel Ricciardo to replace him.

Webber’s Red Bull career is on the rocks after his infamous spat with team-mate Sebastian Vettel in the aftermath of the controversial Malaysian Grand Prix.

The Aussie has also lashed out at team principal Christian Horner in recent weeks, and reports now suggest that Red Bull will part company with him at the end of the current campaign.

Kimi Raikkonen and Nico Hulkenberg have been two of the names linked with the role, but it is understood the team are eyeing rookie Ricciardo instead.

The youngster, who finished seventh at the Chinese Grand Prix, says he is aware of the speculation and is hopeful of winning Webber’s place.

‘The seventh place in Shanghai definitely didn’t harm my chances,’ said Ricciardo.

‘But I know that I need to do more if I want to have a chance of getting the place at Red Bull.

‘I need to show I’m not just a flash in the pan.’

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