Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Abu Dhabi, 2010

Ricciardo to make F1 debut for HRT at Silverstone

2011 British Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Abu Dhabi, 2010

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Abu Dhabi, 2010

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.”

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