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Topic - Daniel Ricciardo
Relieved that the wait is over, Daniel Ricciardo is getting mentally prepared for the challenge of racing for Red Bull next year.
Lewis Hamilton said all week he was uncomfortable in his car. When it mattered most at Silverstone, though, he delivered a blazing lap to take pole position for the British Grand Prix.
The first practice of the British Grand Prix has been disrupted by rain, with most of the big names remaining in the paddock on Friday.
French driver Romain Grosjean has been handed a 10-place grid penalty for next month's Canadian Grand Prix after driving into the back of Daniel Ricciardo's car at the Monaco GP on Sunday.
Formula One is still in preliminary discussions over whether to implement a new penalty system that would in essence punish drivers for each infringement until they total too many points and get hit with a race ban.
Formula One team Toro Rosso says its current driver line-up of Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne will race again in the 2013 season.
Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi was fastest in the rain-soaked first practice session at the Belgian Grand Prix on Friday, with championship leader Fernando Alonso preferring to stay in the Ferrari garage.
Lewis Hamilton showed McLaren is again the team to beat in this weekend's Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix by setting the fastest time in both practice sessions Friday.
Michael Schumacher tried out his 2012 Mercedes for the first time Tuesday, setting the sixth fastest time in a Formula One testing session, well behind leader Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull.
"I'd love to be as competitive as I can as quickly as possible," Ricciardo said. "I'm pretty fortunate to have spent some time with Red Bull racing as a reserve driver. By December, hopefully, I'll already have a good relationship with the guys and see how they work. But I've got a head start."
"I think it's a bit of relief now there's no more speculation and dodging questions ... I found out few days before the announcement but I still didn't know at Spa, so no lies were told," Ricciardo said Thursday ahead of this weekend's Italian GP. "Everyone knows now, so it's nice. I've got eight more races this year, so looking forward to giving Toro Rosso a nice farewell."