Red Bull Racing has confirmed that Daniel Ricciardo will join the team for next month's young driver test session at Jerez.
With rules stating that regular F1 drivers are unable to get behind the wheel again until February, the three day session in Spain will give a number of inexperienced drivers the opportunity to sample F1 machinery.
Ricciardo, who took the British F3 title this season with Carlin, will now get the chance to showcase his potential during the test from 1-3 December and the Australian admitted he was thrilled with the opportunity.
“No way did I think I'd be getting this at the end of the year,” he said. “I'm feeling very, very excited to be here and to see the seat's getting done… this is something I've dreamed about since I can remember, so I'm really looking forward to it.
“The F1 car is just a more wild piece of machinery. The brakes are probably the biggest thing - the stopping power they have is quite huge. Mentally you have to be more switched on as well as, obviously, everything's coming at you so much faster.”
The Jerez test is only open to drivers who have taken part in two or less F1 races during their careers.
race driver Nico Hulkenberg
will be amongst the drivers to take part in the test, with the Grove-based team also handing a run in the car to F2 champion Andy Soucek, while Ferrari
will again give a test to the top three drivers in the Italian F3 championship.
BMW Sauber had previously confirmed that it would honour its commitment to test both Esteban Gutierrez and Alexander Rossi despite the fact it announced earlier in the year that it was to quit the sport.