NOW this really is the best news I’ve heard about dashing Daniel Ricciardo for some time.

There was never any doubt that the Perth superstar would stay loyal to his gun team – and true to those ironclad contractual commitments that have served and nurtured the young Aussie so well during these past years.

Red Bull and Dan, for mine, undoubtedly are the best match in Formula One presenting a deadly and dynamic marketing coup to the top echelon of world motorsport desperate for a role model. And Dan is the epitome of that. 

Nothing brings a smile to boss Christian Horner’s dial quicker than to see the 27-year-old handling the adversity that beset him during the 2016 season – as good a year as there’s been for the sport in recent years.

Dan had a dramatic 2016 season, plagued by ill luck as it was – swings and roundabout, it’s the same for every driver – but his talent and goodwill shone through brilliantly. As it so often does, to the great delight of his legion of Australian fans.

With new regs in place for 2017, including those wide boots, he is expecting a much faster Red Bull ride around Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit at the F1 season opening Australian Grand Prix, March 24-26.

Dan was back in Perth to share Christmas with parents, Joe and Grace and sister Michelle, and took time out to present 15-year-old Aquinas College student Alex Barboutis with the 2016 Daniel Ricciardo AusF1000 trophy.

ends AC