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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - OCTOBER 29: David Coulthard interviews Red Bull Racing drivers Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Mark Webber of Australia during previews to the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit on October 29, 2009 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
Relieved that the wait is over, Daniel Ricciardo is getting mentally prepared for the challenge of racing for Red Bull next year. After weeks of speculation, Red Bull signed Ricciardo from Toro Rosso to a multiyear deal on Monday. The Australian will replace Mark Webber, who will retire from F1 at the end of the season to race sports cars. The 24-year-old Ricciardo had been the favorite to fill the Red Bull seat since the Hungarian Grand Prix at the end of July, and the decision was expected to be announced at the Belgian GP two weeks ago. Then there was talk that Kimi Raikkonen or even Fernando Alonso would replace Webber. ''I think it's a bit of relief now there's no more speculation and dodging questions ... I found out few days before the announcement but I still didn't know at Spa, so no lies were told,'' Ricciardo said Thursday ahead of this weekend's Italian GP. ''Everyone knows now, so it's nice. I've got eight more races this year, so looking forward to giving Toro Rosso...

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