Daniel Ricciardo and Brendon Hartley to be Red Bull reserves

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Ricciardo's got something to look happy about - he'll be a Red Bull third driver
Ricciardo's got something to look happy about - he'll be a Red Bull third driver

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.

Ricciardo said:

It?s very exciting. 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.

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.
Daniel Ricciardo

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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