F1 »

Ricciardo promoted to Red Bull test roster

2014 Red Bull hopeful Daniel Ricciardo will run with the team during this week's Young Driver test at Silverstone.
Red Bull Racing may have given the firmest clue yet to Daniel Ricciardo's candidature for the 2014 vacancy alongside Sebastian Vettel by promoting the Australian to its line-up for this week's Young Driver test at Silverstone.

Changes to the conditions regarding the test allow teams to run experienced drivers as they try to get to grips with the latest Pirelli tyres being introduced for the forthcoming Hungarian Grand Prix, and Red Bull has responded by shuffling its timetable to accommodate Ricciardo – who appears to be going head-to-head with Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen for Mark Webber's seat – alongside both 2013 race drivers and protégés António Félix da Costa and Carlos Sainz.

Ricciardo will now take over from da Costa for the permitted tyre testing on the afternoon of day one (17 July), while Webber and Vettel will run after lunch on days two and three respectively. da Costa will return to the cockpit on Thursday morning, with Sainz now running the opening session on day three.

Red Bull also claims that da Costa's split test 'fulfils the team's commitment to grant the mid-season leader of the World Series by Renault a full day's test in the RB9'.

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
26.05.2013- Race, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9
12.04.2013- Free Practice 2, Antonio Felix da Costa (POR) Test driver Red Bull Racing
04.07.2013- Press conference, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR8 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9
05.07.2013- Free Practice 2, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR8
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS)
Daniel Ricciardo, Kimi Raikkonen
Mercedes, Red Bull
Nico Rosberg - Mercedes W06
daniel ricciardo (aus), red bull, F1 Austria test [Credit: XPB]
Marco Wittmann (GER), Toro Rosso, F1 Austria test [Credit: XPB]
Fernando Alonso - McLaren-Honda MP4-30
Nico Rosberg - Mercedes W06
Nico Rosberg - Mercedes W06
Valtteri Bottas - Williams-Mercedes FW37
Valtteri Bottas - Williams-Mercedes FW37
Valtteri Bottas - Williams-Mercedes FW37
Pascal Wehrlein - Force India-Mercedes VJM08
Antonio Fuoco - Ferrari SF15-T

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


July 16, 2013 2:27 PM

serious taz...... "sure dan, have a test drive as a "consolation" prize for losing out on webbers seat" (even though you've driven our car numerous times.....) this is more than just a prize, i cant believe how many people are that against giving someone new and promising a go in a good car rather than someone whos had numerous turns.


July 17, 2013 2:44 AM

Would be interesting to know if in Redbull's mind this is a test for Ricciardo to see if his times are as quick or better than Vettel/Webbers. As in, if he can match or better Vettels do they offer him the 2nd seat and if he can't get within bee's **** of their times do they go elsewhere (i.e Kimi or JEV). Surely these is more to this than just giving him a drive in the redbull for the fun of it. I totally and 100% disagree this a a consilation prize for not getting the seat. They are a professional team, they would put it to better use then that.

© 1999 - 2015 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.