Ricciardo a step closer to Red Bull race seat after Silverstone test call up

Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull has announced its final driver line-up for the forthcoming Silverstone Young Driver Test set for 17-19 July, and race seat candidate Daniel Ricciardo has been called up to test for the team while his rival for the position, to be vacated by Mark Webber at the end of the year, Jean Eric Vergne will not feature during the three days.

This latest development will no doubt prompt speculation that Toro Rosso driver Ricciardo is in thelead to join the world champion team.

The team announced in a press release: “For the permitted tyre testing, Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Daniel Ricciardo will drive in the afternoon of Day 1, Mark Webber will drive in the afternoon of Day 2 and Sebastian Vettel will drive in the afternoon of Day 3.”

The statement added, “Red Bull Junior Team driver António Félix da Costa will drive in the morning on Day 1 and Day 2 (17 and 18 July), while Carlos Sainz Junior will take over for the final morning, Day 3 (19 July).”

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has made it known that Kimi Raikkonen is also a candidate for a race seat, and that a final decision will be made towards the end of summer. (GP247)

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