When Red Bull announced last September that Daniel Ricciardo had secured the seat vacated by Mark Webber for the 2014, there was widespread scepticism.
After all, in just over two years in Formula 1, first with HRT and subsequently with Toro Rosso, the ever-grinning Australian had only a handful of Q3 appearances and a smattering of minor points finishes on his CV.
With Kimi Raikkonen on the market and under serious consideration, many wondered exactly what Red Bull had seen in Ricciardo. Some suggested he was the easy option, a cut-price number two who would support Sebastian Vettel in a way that a driver of Raikkonen's status could not do.
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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.