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Tech 1 confirms Hartley, Ricciardo for 2010.

Former World Series by Renault champions Tech 1 Racing unveil Australasian pairing of Brendon Hartley and Daniel Ricciardo for 2010 title assault.

The Red Bull Junior Team has shown its confidence in Tech 1 Racing ahead of the 2010 World Series by Renault, placing both Brendon Hartley and recently-crowned British F3 champion Daniel Ricciardo at the Toulouse-based team.

Having clinched the British F3 crown with a round to spare, Ricciardo got the chance to sample World Series power at Portimao late in 2009, but was expected to at least consider GP2 before deciding his future. However, Tech 1 team manager Simon Abadie promised a pair of top-class drivers for his bid to reclaim the WSbR titles next season and, by pairing the Australian with Hartley - who combined a year of 3.5-litre Renault action with F3 Euroseries outings - he appears to have achieved his aim.

"It's all very simple - we've got the best drivers," Abadie commented, "Both Brendon and Daniel have the talent to get into F1 and score victories, and it's a real sign of recognition for the team to have been chosen by Dr Helmut Marko to defend the Red Bull Junior Team colours.

"In addition to that, we're really lucky to be able to announce our 2010 drivers so early. That'll help us to do a great job this winter, and arrive at Motorland Aragon perfectly prepared for the opening round of the season next April.

"Daniel's already proved his ability to adapt very quickly. He's a great guy and we're delighted to welcome him into our team. He'll get to grips with his car during the collective test at Barcelona next week, while Brendon's learned a lot [with Tech 1] this season and has shown incredible speed. He'll already have a year's experience under his belt in this formula, which will make him one of the favourites for the drivers' title [in 2010]. We didn't have a lot of luck with him in 2009 but, next year, when we fit all the pieces together, he'll be one hell of a challenger!"



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Brendon Hartley - Tech 1 Racing [pic credit: Renault Sport Media]
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) - Carlin Motorsport Dallara Volkswagen
Brendon Hartley - Tech 1 Racing [pic credit: Renault Sport]
Max Verstappen tests Renault 3.5 at Spielberg   [pic courtesy Red Bull media]
Max Verstappen tests Renault 3.5 at Spielberg   [pic courtesy Red Bull media]
Marco Sorensen - Tech 1 Racing [pic credit: Renault Sport Media]
Marco Sorensen - Tech 1 Racing [pic credit: Renault Sport Media]
Nigel Melker - Tech 1 Racing [pic credit: Renault Sport Media]
Photo: Alexandre Guillaumot / DPPI / Renault Sport Media
Marco Sorensen - Tech 1 Racing [pic credit: Renault Sport Media]
Mikhail Aleshin - Tech 1 [Pic credit: Renault Sport]
Will Stevens - P1/Strakka [Pic credit: Renault Sport]
Nigel Melker - Tech 1 [Pic credit: Renault Sport]
Mikhail Aleshin - Tech 1 [Pic credit: Renault]
Will Stevens - P1 Racing by Strakka
Will Stevens - P1 Racing by Strakka
Will Stevens - P1 Racing by Strakka
Mikhail Aleshin (Carlin) en route to Aragon victory   [pic credit: Renault Sport]

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