Daniel Ricciardo has never finished better than seventh in a grand prix. He has yet to start higher than fifth and has a grand total of two laps of experience of running in the top three.
Next season, he will be expected to fight for race victories and be a key part of a world championship push.
It is a big step up for the Australian, but the 24-year-old has earned his chance to be tested at the highest level.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.