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Daniel Ricciardo wants more aggression

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Daniel Ricciardo, who was named as one of Toro Rosso's driver for 2012 earlier this month, has admitted he needs to become more aggressive in the coming season.

Ricciardo, who took part in 11 grands prix for HRT in 2011, will partner Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne after Toro Rosso decided to ditch Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari. He said that driving alongside Vergne, who he was a team-mate of when the pair raced in the Renault 3.5 series, would help spur him on.

"He's got potential and he's quick," Ricciardo said. "We drive quite similar but he has probably what I don't have in the aggressive side. So maybe I can learn from him, at least in the junior categories that's been his style.

"I know I've got it but it's probably not consistent enough and at Formula One now it has to be as good as it can be. I think my actual starts are okay, the initial reaction off the line is fine. But a few times this year I got a good start but maybe didn't go hard enough into the first corner or went for the safer inside line.

"I probably need a little bit more aggression which I guess will come with experience at this level."

He said that while he had remained confident he would get a seat for the coming season, it had been an uncomfortable time waiting for news.

"I honestly believe I did a good enough job this year to be somewhere on the grid and that was the feeling I got from all the big guys at Red Bull. There were definitely some positive moments which kept them happy."

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