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Midseason Report: Grading Toro Rosso’s Daniel Ricciardo

Is Daniel Ricciardo the man to replace Mark Webber at Red Bull Racing? It would seem to make sense on paper. One Australian for another and a driver who would allow Sebastian Vettel a smooth ride as the team’s undoubted No. 1. But is Ricciardo really good enough to make the step up from sister team Toro Rosso and into arguably the fastest car on the grid? Let’s evaluate his season so far. For every young driver, competing in their home race is a very special occasion, but it wasn’t exactly a debut to remember for the boy from Perth. Outqualified by teammate Jean-Eric Vergne, Ricciardo’s race ended on Lap 39 with an exhaust-related problem after he had struggled for grip in the early stages. “Not the ending I wa...

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