Cape Town - Daniel Ricciardo believes he "changed the level of
overtaking" in Formula 1 during the 2014 campaign; his first season
fighting at the front of the field.
Joining senior team Red Bull Racing on the back of two years
with Toro Rosso, Ricciardo went from fighting for points to battling for race
The Aussie took on the more established names such as his
own team-mate and then-reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel.
He claimed three race wins on his way to third in the
standings, however, it was his overtaking prowess that really caught the eye.
Ricciardo showed that he wasn't afraid to make a move, often
braking late and coming from a long way behind to take a position.
It is a style he still uses today.
"That's the year I look back at being the most fun for
me and the most important for my career since," Ricciardo said in his
latest Red Bull diary.
"The wins were big, and I had a massive battle with
Fernando [Alonso] in Germany where we raced really hard but fair, and he had
some praise for me afterwards which was big at the time.
"I feel '14 didn't just shape me and my approach from
then on, it changed the level of overtaking from other guys in the sport as
"Not many people were doing that, coming from a long
way back and trying big passing moves.
"Maybe they learned from me and the way I was racing,
so perhaps I set a new level and showed people what was possible, and the
drivers that were willing to try it were trying it.
"I realise that sounds a bit cocky, but I really do believe
"I'm not saying all of them can do it, but at least
more of them are trying!"