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Daniel Ricciardo under pressure: will Ricciardo go down against Vettel?

Daniel Ricciardo under pressure
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A drian Newey seems skeptical. The star designer is said to have favored Kimi Raikkonen as a new teammate for Sebastian Vettel. Newey is a cannibal. He wants to win all the titles. But the Constructors' Trophy will be a big task for Red Bull in 2014. In addition to Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo is the driver of the steering wheel who will then have 50 GP starts under his belt.

The 24-year-old Australian went to school at HRT and Toro Rosso and can still do one seventh place as the best Formula 1 result. Will he grow with the task? Or does it break on superstar Sebastian Vettel?

Newey remembers 1993 when he was still drawing racing cars for Williams: 'After Nigel Mansell's retirement, we were faced with the question of who we should put in the second car besides Alain Prost. Williams would have the well-known great Riccardo Patrese, but decided on his test driver Damon Hill. '

Newey compares Ricciardo with Damon Hill

Damon Hill came up with the recommendation of two GP races Brabham and eleventh place as the best result for the best Formula 1 racing team at the time. But Frank Williams knew his candidate well. The son of ex-world champion Graham Hill had spent two years preparing for the task in thousands of test kilometers at Williams.

This is also a parallel to Daniel Ricciardo. The constant smile from Perth has tested a total of 2,425 kilometers for Red Bull since 2009. Hill did well at the time. The Englishman finished in 1993 with three wins and 69 points in third place behind Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna.

Nobody meets world champion for the 15th time

Daniel Ricciardo has many predecessors. The constellation Nobody meets world champion in a top team has already existed 15 times since 1970. The criterion is that the young driver never stood on the podium before his big chance. And that he will be a regular driver right at the start of the season.

Michael Schumacher, Clay Regazzoni, Emerson Fittipaldi, Mika Häkkinen, Robert Kubica or Gilles Villeneuve were thrown into the deep end in the middle of the season. This task is easier because you have nothing to lose. Fernando Alonso, Alain Prost, Gunnar Nilsson, Jody Scheckter, Patrick Depailler, Kimi Räikkönen, Juan Pablo Montoya and Niki Lauda were signed by top teams without prior merits, but they didtheir teammates were not world champions.

We have cases that are comparable to the Ricciardo constellation:

Romain Grosjean: Opportunity only partially used

Romain Grosjean returned to Formula 1 in 2012 after a two-year break. The Frenchman, who disappointed in his seven Formula 1 outings alongside Fernando Alonso in 2009, took two steps back, drove Auto GP, FIA GT Series and GP2 and was then recruited by Lotus alongside Kimi Raikkonen.

Grosjean finished the season of truth in eighth place, was on the podium three times, but was also noticeable due to many accidents and a race suspension. Raikkonen collected more than twice as many points on his comeback, also after a two-year break, and crossed the finish line in all races.

Lewis Hamilton: The best newcomer of all time

The 2004 Formula 3 champion and GP2 champion 2006 was the sensation of 2007. Hamilton almost made his debut with a world title. He lost the title race against Kimi Raikkonen by only one world championship point. Hamilton was able to thank his team for neglecting to pit him earlier at the Chinese GP to change tires. There he lost the title.

Teammate Fernando Alonso did not have the young star on the bill. The Spaniard realized the threat too late. Instead of beating Hamilton with his experience, he got involved in political games. In the end, Alonso had the team against him.

Felipe Massa: With decency against Michael Schumacher

As Felipe Massa came to Ferrari in 2006, he was an old friend in the scene. The Brazilian had spent three years at Sauber and one season as a test driver at Ferrari. In his CV there were 52 GP starts and fourth place as the best result. Massa took the chance to learn from Michael Schumacher at Ferrari. Schumi's pupil won two races and finished third in the 2006 World Cup with 80 points.

Jacques Villeneuve: From Indy winner to Vice-World Champion

Bernie Ecclestone recommended the son of Gilles Villeneuve to Frank Williams. Jacques Villeneuve entered Formula 1 as IndyCar champion and winner of the Indianapolis 500 mile race. The Canadian was fortunate enough to be sitting in a vastly superior car in 1996. But that too has to be implemented first.

Villeneuve did a good job, almost won his GP premiere in Melbourne and kept the title race open until the final in Suzuka. With four wins he was runner-up behind his teammate Damon Hill, who was already driving for Williams for the fourth year.

Damon Hill: One Test driver annoys theStars

Williams faced a dilemma in late 1992. Alain Prost was set. Ayrton Senna wanted to come, but wasn't allowed. Nigel Mansell should have stayed, but didn't want to. The 1992 champion said goodbye to the IndyCar series. Riccardo Patrese had already signed a contract with Benetton.

The superior technique encouraged Frank Williams to take risks. As a test driver, Damon Hill knew the team inside out. As a GP experience, he brought with him two assignments at Brabham in 1992. Hill was a worthy number 2. In the second half of the season he drove on the same level as Prost, won three races and finished third in the World Championship.

Johnny Herbert: Two dusty victories in the Schumi shadow

In the mid-80s, Johnny Herbert was considered a huge talent. A nasty Formula 3000 accident in 1988 at Brands Hatch threw the Englishman far back. The leg injury prevented him from tap dancing on the pedals. Herbert couldn't really gain a foothold in 63 races at Benetton, Tyrrell or Lotus.

In 1995 he got the chance to drive alongside Michael Schumacher in the Benetton world championship team. The training duel ended 16: 1 for Schumacher. Herbert lost on points 45: 102. After all, he won two races. In both cases he inherited the lead after a collision between Schumacher and Hill. Herbert accused Benetton of only caring about Schumacher.

Michael Andretti: Wrong advice in the McLaren chaos

Michael Andretti's Formula 1 career was damaged in advance. Mika Häkkinen was the third driver to sit behind him from the start. Ayrton Senna, the best Formula 1 driver of his era, awaited the US boy. Maybe the best ever.

Instead of living in Europe and testing day and night, Andretti junior commuted back and forth between the continents. On the advice of the father. But what was still possible with Mario, Michael was doomed. Senna destroyed it. After 13 races, Andretti received the blue letter from McLaren. Ironically after a third place in Monza.

Hector Rebaque: Disenchanted by Piquet

The Mexican was gypsy four years and through Formula 1 for 27 races. He drove Hesketh, Lotus and a self-made model drawn by star designer John Barnard. The best result was two sixth places at the GP Germany 1978 and the GP Canada 1980.

Bernie Ecclestone was keen on Mexican sponsors and gave Rebaque a works contract for 1981. Rebaque met Nelson Piquet, who became world champion that year. He himself finished 9th in the World Championship with eleven points. In Argentina he was in 2nd place when he had to give up due to a defective ignition.

Jochen Mass: A good number two

Jochen Mass was next to Hans-JoachimStuck the great German hope in the 70s. After 13 races for Surtees with a seventh place as a highlight, main sponsor Marlboro made strong for Mass at McLaren. The trained seaman had to deal with Emerson Fittipaldi, who won the first world title for McLaren in 1974.

It was an unequal fight: Fittipaldi was Vice World Champion with 45 points, Mass seventh with 20 points. The German won the demolition race in Montjuich and was on the podium three more times. That was enough for two additional years at McLaren. Again as number two. This time next to James Hunt.

Peter Revson: Formula 1 in the second attempt

The American had been back in 1964 Formula 1 debut given. Then Revson took a seven-year hiatus, won the CanAm series in the USA and came second in the Indy 500. There, McLaren became aware of the heir to the Revlon cosmetics company.

1972 Revson drove alongside Denis Hulme. The two knew each other from the CanAm series. Revson was fifth in the World Cup with 23 points. His team captain was two places better. Revson also drove for McLaren in 1973 and took two wins. In 1974 he died in a shadow in a test accident in Kyalami.

Dave Walker: disappointment across the board

The Australian was considered the rising star of the scene after three Formula 3 titles. Lotus boss Colin Chapman put Walker together with Emerson Fittipaldi in 1972, although the Sydney man only had one Grand Prix appearance in his vita.

Walker went under. While Fittipaldi was world champion, the number 2 of Lotus remained without points. Only his race in the Lotus turbine in pouring rain in Zandvoort remained in my memory. Walker was on the advance, despite the adverse conditions for the gas turbine, when he slipped into the gravel bed. In 1973 he was thrown out of the squad. Walker had to end his career in 1974 after two serious car accidents.

Francois Cevert: Stewart's model pupil

Francois Cevert had ten GP starts and one World Championship point when Ken Tyrrell named him Jackie Stewart's teammate in 1971. Allegedly with the saying: 'If he's not fast, he'll at least bring us the best women into the box.'

The handsome son of a jeweler justified his appointment with third place in the World Championship and a win in Watkins-Glen. Cevert proved to be a docile student of his master. Stewart built the Frenchman as his successor for 1974, but fate struck cruelly on October 6, 1973. Cevert had a fatal accident in training for the GP USA.

Rolf Stommelen: Loyal servant of his master

Rolf Stommelen had made a name for himself with mountain races and in sports cars . In GP sport, the Cologne was withOnly one mission in 1969 at the Nürburgring with a Formula 2 car among Formula 1 vehicles was a blank slate. Jack Brabham signed Stommelen for his own racing team in 1970 thanks to a wholesome dowry.

The boss initially competed for the world title, but then failed due to bad luck and defects. In the second half of the season, Stommelen stepped out of Brabham's shadow. He finished third at the Österreichring and scored 10 points. It should have been his best Formula 1 year.

John Miles: Destroyed by Rindt and Chapman

John Miles looked like a theology professor. The quiet Englishman made five starts at Lotus in 1969 and was made number 2 next to Jochen Rindt in 1970. The excellent test pilot was also a kind of guinea pig. Miles had to give up the Austrian GP because of a broken brake shaft. One race later, a similar defect cost Jochen Rindt his life.

Chapman barred his drivers in Monza to compete without wings. No problem for Rindt. Miles refused. Chapman gave him the choice: 'Either you drive or you fly out.' Rindt's death saved Miles an answer. His career ended that day. With two World Cup points in the account.


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