Ricciardo has high hopes for his home race

Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo hopes he and world champions Red Bull Racing can spring a few surprises at the F1 season opener in Australia.

The 24-year-old Australian replaces Mark Webber for the 2014 season, but has seen the Tilbrook-team struggle throughout pre-season testing.

But Ricciardo hopes that they’ll raise a few eyebrows in the first race this weekend.

“I definitely hope we can surprise some people,” he said. “I know the team’s been working ridiculously hard all through the off-season, but even more so since testing began and we realised where we stood.

“They’ve done a lot back at the factory and I’ve sure we made progress, but until we get on track on Friday, we’re not going to know how much ground we made.”