Red Bull Racing will test Italian Vitantonio Liuzzi at the forthcoming Barcelona test [November 24-26].

Liuzzi is no stranger to Red Bull; he was part of the Red Bull Junior Team driver development programme; which selects talents and offers support and advice from their first go-karting attempts right up to the ultimate discipline.

Expected to be hot property, Liuzzi broke the record for the most wins in one year in this years FIA F3000 Championship and went on to secure it.

Liuzzi has karted with the likes of Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher (in the 2001 Karting World Championship) and won the Italian Karting Championship in 1993 at the tender age of 11.

Red Bull Racing team principal Tony Purnell commented: "It is great to be testing Liuzzi. I have known him since his early karting days and I believe he is full of potential for the future."

Liuzzi visited the Milton Keynes based team on Tuesday this week for a seat fitting and commented: "Its an exciting opportunity to be testing for Red Bull Racing. They have been very supportive to me and my racing."

Red Bull Racing will commence its testing programme with an interim car and livery at three tests in Barcelona [November 24-26] and Jerez [December 1-3 and 8-11].

Liuzzi will be supported in testing by Christian Klien and Bjorn Wirdheim.