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Hartley and Ricciardo named Red Bull reserves 26 Jan 2010

Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB5 Formula One Young Driver Testing, 1-3 December 2009, Jerez Circuit, Spain. Brendon Hartley (NZL) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR3 Formula One Young Driver Testing, 1-3 December 2009, Jerez Circuit, Spain.

Red Bull and sister team Toro Rosso are to have an all-Australasian reserve line-up this season after it was announced New Zealand’s Brendon Hartley and Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo will occupy their subs’ bench. Ricciardo and Hartley, who are both members of the Red Bull Junior team, will alternate reserve driver duties on a race-by-race basis.

Ricciardo is the reigning British Formula Three champion. A native of Perth, the 20 year-old moved to Europe in 2007 to compete in the Italian Formula Renault series. In 2008 he switched to the Formula Renault West European cup, winning the title after taking eight victories. He competed in the British F3 series in 2009, where he wrapped up the championship with two races to spare.

Hartley, meanwhile, hails from New Zealand’s Palmerston North. After impressing in his home country, the 20 year-old moved to Europe and in 2006 raced in Formula Renault 2.0. In 2007 he won the Eurocup title with a round in hand, before he switched to British F3 in 2008. Last year he raced in the Formula Three Euroseries.

Both drivers took part in the young driver test at the Spanish circuit of Jerez in December 2009. Hartley was in action for Toro Rosso, whilst Ricciardo was behind the wheel of Red Bull’s RB5.