Red Bull has announced two reserve drivers for the 2010 F1 season.
They will be Australian Daniel Ricciardo and New Zealand’s Brendon Hartley.
Ricciardo impressed in the end-of-season rookies test at Jerez in December.
Hartley, meanwhile, briefly occupied the role of third driver for Red Bull and Toro Rosso last year, but was later replaced by Jaime Alguersuari who went on to make his F1 debut at the Hungaroring.
It?óÔé¼Ôäós very exciting. It was an email I was hoping for since the test in December, but I wasn?óÔé¼Ôäót sure whether it would come at all. So, a big relief, but also very satisfying.
This will be a very good introduction to F1 – even though I won?óÔé¼Ôäót 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?óÔé¼Ôäós all exciting and I?óÔé¼Ôäóll be busy, even though I?óÔé¼Ôäóm not driving.
With so few testing days before the start of the season, and Red Bull not even due to make it to the first test in Valencia, the pair will probably find themselves short on cockpit time.
Their role will most likely involve a lot of simulator work, PR duties, and the occasional straight-line aerodynamic test.
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