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Ricciardo to test for Red Bull in December 10 Nov 2009

Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), Carlin Motorsport, finished second in both races. British Formula Three Championship, Rd5, Snetterton, England, 5 July 2009. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Carlin Motorsport. British Formula Three Championship, Rd9, Portimao, Portugal, 12-13 September 2009.

British Formula Three champion Daniel Ricciardo will make his Formula One test debut with Red Bull next month. Ricciardo, who visited the outfit’s UK headquarters in Milton Keynes for a seat fitting this week, will be in action at the Spanish circuit of Jerez from December 1-3.

"This is something I’ve dreamed about since I can remember, so I’m really looking forward to it," the Australian told Red Bull’s official website. “No way did I think I’d be getting this at the end of the year. I'm feeling very, very excited to be here and to see the seat’s getting done."

The 20 year-old, who has been a Red Bull Junior driver for the last two seasons, scored six wins and 275 points on his way to clinch the 2009 British Formula Three championship. Last season he raced in Formula Renault, winning the Western European Cup.

Ahead of his December run, Ricciardo has spent time in the team’s Formula One simulator and carried out an aero test.

“The F1 car is just a more wild piece of machinery,” he added. “The brakes are probably the biggest thing - the stopping power they have is quite huge. Mentally you have to be more switched on as well as, obviously, everything’s coming at you so much faster.”

Team drivers are not allowed to test until February 2010.