Red Bull has changed its plans for the Silverstone Young Driver test, and the team will now be giving both race drivers and Daniel Ricciardo some miles in the RB9.
Ricciardo’s inclusion is clear evidence that the Aussie is on the cusp of landing a 2014 race seat, with Kimi Raikkonen as his obvious rival for the job.
Red Bull’s ambitious run plan sees it split each day in half as it tries to squeeze in mileage for five different drivers. The schedule for the test, which starts on Wednesday, is as follows:
Day 1: António Félix da Costa/Daniel Ricciardo
Day 2: António Félix da Costa/Mark Webber
Day 3: Carlos Sainz Jr/Sebastian Vettel
The team points out that “Antonio’s test with Infiniti Red Bull Racing fulfils the team’s commitment to grant the mid-season leader of the World Series by Renault a full day’s test in the RB9.”
Meanwhile Toro Rosso will be equally busy at it will also run five different drivers over the three days:
Day 1: Johnny Cecotto Jr/Johnny Cecotto Jr
Day 2: Carlos Sainz Jr/Daniel Ricciardo
Day 3: Jean-Eric Vergne/Daniil KvyatDaniel Ricciardo, Formula 1