Red Bull to run Ricciardo at Young Drivers’ Test

2013 F1 season

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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106 comments on Red Bull to run Ricciardo at Young Drivers’ Test

  1. ECWDanSelby (@ecwdanselby) said on 16th July 2013, 12:47

    Very odd how many think this is either:

    a) confirmation that Ricciardo has got the seat
    b) all drivers are shooting it out for a place

    I’d say it means none of those things when you still have Raikkonen in the equation.

  2. I find the Toro Rosso situation quite interesting. There is a constant conveyer belt of young Red Bull talent coming through and although I’m no expert, I haven’t seen anything to indicate that Ricciardo or Vergne are any better than Alguersuari or Buemi. However the current two are being touted for a Red Bull seat while the other two were cast into the wilderness for seemingly outgrowing the team.

    I’d argue that all of the fuss around Ricciardo/Vergne is down to their now being an opportunity.

    Should, for arguments sake, Raikkonen take the Red Bull seat and their line-up be Vettel-Raikkonen for the next three years; do we really expect that Toro Rosso would keep Ricciardo-Vergne?

    As I say, I’m not saying Ricciardo and Vergne aren’t good, i’m just saying I don’t think they’re any better than say, Alguersuari.

    • PMccarthy_is_a_legend (@pmccarthy_is_a_legend) said on 16th July 2013, 14:40

      Indeed its all about timing and opportunity. Ricciardo has the media hype train pushing him forward as he comes across as a cool young guy. If you look at the results alone theres nothing there to suggest he is better than JEV, or indeed Buemi or Alguersuari.

      • Jon Sandor (@jonsan) said on 16th July 2013, 23:30

        I’m sure RBR (and all the other teams as well) have more sophisticated means of evaluating drivers than simply counting points scored. We’ll know in a few days if they’re right, and whether Ricciardo can do lap times similar to Webber’s in the same car.

  3. Deej92 (@deej92) said on 16th July 2013, 15:17

    So it’s down to Raikkonen or Ricciardo for the Red Bull Racing Renault seat. Ruddy ‘ell!

  4. Shomir (@shomir) said on 16th July 2013, 15:46

    Kinda dissapointed that JEV didn’t get a shot, but Ricciardo has certainly stepped up the last couple of races with great qualifying positions and race finishes in the STR

  5. faulty (@faulty) said on 16th July 2013, 17:46

    Fight’s now between JEV and HUL to see who goes off to Lotus, then?

  6. Mark Leonard (@markleonard6997) said on 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.

  7. scuderia_fan85 (@scuderia_fan85) said on 16th July 2013, 19:23

    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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