Great news for the Antipodes, particularly with today being Australia’s national holiday!
Brendon Hartley and Daniel Ricciardo will be the reserve drivers for the Red Bull and Toro Rosso teams for the 2010 season. Both drivers hail from the drinks company’s driver development programme.
Both aged 20, the duo tested for the respective Red Bull-backed teams at the Jerez ‘Youg Driver ‘ test session in December 2009.
The long-haired Hartley (above left), who hails from New Zealand, was Red Bull’s reserve driver for part of the 2009 season, before electing to step back and concentrate on racing. "I’m happy to be a part of the Red Bull F1 setup again and it’ll be good to be at the race tracks learning as much as possible, so that if I do get the opportunity to do a race I’m fully prepared," he commented.
Ricciardo (above right), from Australia, steps in into a full-time reserve driver role after winning the 2009 British F3 championship and posting the quickest times at the Jerez test. "It was an email I was hoping for since the test in December but I wasn’t sure whether it would come at all. So, a big relief but also very satisfying, he said. "This will be a very good introduction to F1 – even though I won’t be driving the car, just to sit in on the briefings and do what the drivers do on a weekend is a good way to start learning. It’s all exciting and I’ll be busy, even though I’m not driving."
The pair will alternate the reserve driver duties each race, which will see both men participate in the teams’ briefings and debriefs each race weekend, as well as being in attendance in the garages and on the pit wall.
On top of these duties, the pair will also team up for Tech 1 Racing in this year’s Renault Word Series championship.
Our congratulations to both!
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