Red Bull reserve driver Daniel Ricciardo will make his F1 debut at the British Grand Prix.
The 21-year-old, who has driven in the first practice session of every race this year for Toro Rosso, described the news as a “dream come true”.
The Australian driver will take Narain Karthikeyan’s place at the team as of next weekend.
Ricciardo said: “It’s a dream come true for me – for the first time on an F1 starting grid! I had to pinch myself a couple of times to be sure that it’s real.
“I’m excited and can hardly wait to drive at Silverstone. It’s a new challenge, a new experience, a new team, but I’m ready and will give of my best in any event.”
HRT chairman Jose Ramon Carabante said: “This agreement is a reward for all the hard work Hispania Racing has shown since we started in Formula 1 last year.
“We’re proud that the Formula 1 world champion team has trusted us in their effort of developing their drivers. Let’s hope that this is just the start of a fruitful relationship.”
See the updated list of 2011 F1 drivers and teams.
2011 British Grand Prix
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- Renault: Heidfeld salvages points from poor weekend
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