Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso, Nurburgring, 2013

Red Bull to run Ricciardo at Young Drivers’ Test

2013 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso, Nurburgring, 2013Daniel Ricciardo will drive for Red Bull in this week’s Young Drivers’ Test in the clearest signal yet he is being considered for a place at the team in 2014.

Red Bull announced a revised driver line-up for this week’s test following the FIA’s decision to allow race drivers to participate.

Ricciardo will be one of five drivers to get behind the wheel of the RB9 during the three days of running.

Antonio Felix da Costa and Carlos Sainz Jnr, who were previously confirmed to be driving for Red Bull at the test, will run on the mornings of the three test days.

Ricciardo will have his run on Wednesday afternoon, taking over from Da Costa. On Thursday Da Costa will hand over to Mark Webber, and Sebastian Vettel will drive on Friday afternoon following Sainz’s run.

Ricciardo’s Toro Rosso team mate and fellow Red Bull development driver Jean-Eric Vergne has not been given a test.

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  1. Mark Leonard (@markleonard6997)
    16th July 2013, 19:18

    I don’t think it’s ‘battle over’ at Toro Rosso just because Ricciardo is testing the Red Bull. There is still one race to go before the inital decision, which they say is due by the summer.

    Ricciardo clearly has the advantage Qualifying wise, but the points arent awarded on the Saturday and I think thats where JEV has an advantage. He may not be there on single lap but he has, on balance bought better results to Toro Rosso so far this season at least.

    Both drivers have scored points 3 times this season, but JEV’s form between Monaco and Canada keeps it alive I think right now. I believe if he didnt perform in those two races then by now most of us would conclude the seat is Danny’s.

    From the last 2 races it’s too early to conclude that Daniel Ricciardo is the best choice. Remember in both races JEV retired. Although, it was probable he would have been beaten in Germany. Silverstone? It was hard to say because he was on a completely different strategy to Daniel prior to his blowout.

    I think Hungary will be the most crucial weekend for both. If JEV doesn’t have the reliability issues and outperforms Daniel then I think it will go right down to what the bosses decide.

  2. we already know that Ricciardo is being considered. maybe what they meant is that this test run means that he will be the one to replace Webber.

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