Red Bull boss Christian Horner believes Australian Daniel Ricciardo will cope with the "daunting" task of joining the reigning constructors' champions as Sebastian Vettel's team-mate next year.

Ricciardo will replace compatriot Mark Webber at the Milton Keynes-based team as Red Bull go in search of a fifth successive clean sweep of titles.

The 24-year-old, much like his current team-mate Jean-Eric Verne, is signed to Red Bull Racing and has been on loan at their junior outfit Torro Rosso since the start of the 2012 season.

He was chosen ahead of candidates including 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen to partner the all-conquering Vettel next year, and team principal Horner anticipates Ricciardo will do fine alongside the four-time F1 title winner.

"He knows it is big shoes [to fill]," Horner said.

"Obviously to go up against Sebastian Vettel is a pretty daunting prospect for any driver but Daniel is a young guy that has got a lot raw talent and a great amount of natural speed.

"He knows the team pretty well. I think he has got exactly the right character and approach to get the most out of the experience, to learn from Sebastian and embrace being his team-mate. I genuinely think he will be a bit of a surprise next year."

Ricciardo, whose first race in Formula One came with the now-defunct Hispania team at the back end of 2011, has finished in the points in two of the five grands prix since the announcement of his move to Red Bull, and Horner is keen for the driver to maintain his current commitment to Torro Rosso.

"Of course we have some dialogue," Horner said.
"We have more so now with Daniel as he starts to prepare himself to make the transition across.

"But first of all he needs to focus on and finish the job he has got to do with Torro Rosso before involving him fully in the programme for next year."

With another drivers' title sewn up for Vettel in India, where the team also bagged their fourth constructors' championship in succession, Red Bull are in Abu Dhabi this week with less to race for.

But Horner insists they will not be ending a memorable season with a whimper.

"It is still important to put ourselves under pressure," he said.

"Sometimes if you relax in any sport, that is when you make mistakes. Our approach is very much to keep the pressure on ourselves between now and the chequered flag in Brazil.

"It would be great to see Mark get up the championship order and have a few strong races and Sebastian is very focused on adding to his 10 victories this year - there is still plenty of motivation."