THIS STORY APPEARS IN THE OCTOBER 13 EDITION OF THE SUNDAY AGE NEWSPAPER
There’s just 280 kilometres – less than a Formula One Grand Prix distance – between the Italian town of Vidigulfo and Monaco, but Daniel Ricciardo’s first base in Europe and his latest locale are a world apart.
Seven years after moving away from his native Western Australia to pursue his motor racing dreams as a naïve teenager short on life experience, an altogether more worldly Ricciardo is just months away from taking over the most coveted seat in F1 – the Red Bull being vacated by compatriot Mark Webber at the best team in the sport for the past four years.
Being teammate to soon-to-be four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel is no picnic as Webber can attest, but the 24-year-old feels he’s ready for the challenge. A year spent in a sleepy, non-descript northern Italian village in 2007 fast-tracked his development as a person and a professional, even though he hated it at the time. As it turned out, it was both crucial and necessary.
Read more in The Sunday Age newspaper.