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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'.



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loltron

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.

JohnMarston

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.



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