The Australian will leave at the end of 2013 and replace Mark Webber at the Milton Keynes based squad. That leaves a vacant seat at Toro Rosso alongside Jean-Eric Vergne – who is widely expected to remain at the Italian team for 2014.
Ricciardo was announced as a Toro Rosso driver in December 2011 after half a season racing for back marker’s HRT. The 24-year-old has had Red Bull backing since 2008 after he joined their Junior Team.
“We are very pleased to see Daniel make this move, which means he will follow in the footsteps of Sebastian Vettel,” said Tost. “As to who will replace Daniel at Toro Rosso in 2014, we will now look at all our options and make a decision at a later date, as there is no immediate need to rush.
“When Dietrich Mateschitz acquired the team that became Toro Rosso, his stated aim was that it should be the final step in the training of young drivers, with the eventual goal of graduating to the ‘senior’ team.
“Daniel’s move thus vindicates the work of the Red Bull Young Driver Programme and also proves that we at Toro Rosso have given him a good racing education.”
Candidates for the seat include Formula Renault 3.5 racer Antonio Felix da Costa, GP3 racer Carlos Sainz Junior and GP2 front runner Felipe Nasr has also been linked to the role.
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