Toro Rosso’s Daniel Ricciardo will test for Red Bull at this week’s young driver test at Silverstone, boosting his hopes of landing a race seat with the reigning world champions next season.
The three-day Silverstone test, which starts on Wednesday, was originally intended for young drivers, however race drivers are being allowed to take part so they can collect data for Pirelli following a series of tyre failures at last month’s British Grand Prix.
A seat at Red Bull next season alongside reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel has opened up after Mark Webber announced he would leave the sport to join Porsche in sportscar racing.
Ricciardo, 24, and 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen are in contention to replace the Australian.
Ricciardo will get behind the wheel of a Red Bull on Wednesday afternoon with Red Bull development drivers Antonio Felix da Costa and Carlos Sainz Junior, son of rally legend Carlos Sainz, also getting an opportunity to sample F1 machinery.
Race drivers Webber and Vettel will get an afternoon each in the car to work on tyre development.