Webber: First win for Ricciardo is incredible

Webber: First win for Ricciardo is incredible

0987LB1D8736Mark Webber has been quick to heap praise upon compatriot Daniel Ricciardo following his maiden grand prix victory at the Canadian Grand Prix last weekend.

Webber drove for Red Bull between 2007 and 2013 before deciding to walk away from the sport and move into endurance racing with Porsche. Ricciardo was selected as his replacement and promoted from Toro Rosso ahead of this season, and has made a fine start to life alongside Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull.

Ricciardo capitalised on Mercedes’ struggles in Montreal on Sunday to beat Nico Rosberg and win in F1 for the first time, and Webber was pleased to see him take to the top step of the podium.

“For Daniel to get his first win was incredible for him,” Webber told NBC Sports. “He hasn’t put a wheel wrong all year so far. There’s been testing regulations, wet qualifyings, and all sorts of stuff that’s been thrown at him. But for him to notch up his first win is a big step for him.”

Webber will be racing in this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans for Porsche, but he has not missed racing in F1.

“To be honest, I’ve enjoyed the change in chapter in my career, but I’ve still watched a few races,” he said. “I watched the start [in Canada] and it wasn’t looking that exciting. A bit touch and go. But then I saw the Mercs have problems.”

Webber will be hoping to make it two Australian victories in two weekends at Le Mans, but will face stiff opposition from the Audi and Toyota drivers to win one of the biggest prizes in motorsport.

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