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Hartley named Red Bull reserve for Barcelona 01 May 2009

Brendon Hartley (NZL) Carlin Motorsport. British Formula Three and GT Media Day, Silverstone, England, 6 March 2008. World © Sutton

New Zealander Brendon Hartley will serve as Red Bull’s reserve driver at next weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, after being granted the necessary Formula One super license on Wednesday. Former Red Bull racer David Coulthard temporarily filled the role for the first four rounds of the season.

“I must thank Red Bull for all their support since 2005 and this new role is another step on the path to reaching my goal of being a Formula One driver,” Hartley told Red Bull’s website. “I know that with the new in-season testing ban, I’m not likely to get much cockpit time, but I will be part of the team and will learn a lot from that.”

Nineteen-year-old Hartley, part of Red Bull’s junior squad, tested for the team last December, having finished third in the 2008 British Formula Three series. He is a previous winner of the Formula Renault Euro Cup and this season will compete for Carlin Motorsport in the F3 Euro Series.