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Red Bull to give Ricciardo first F1 test

Daniel RicciardoBritish Formula 3 champion Daniel Ricciardo is to make his Formula 1 testing debut with Red Bull Racing next month.

Red Bull has confirmed to AUTOSPORT that the 20-year-old Australian will be its driver for the young driver tests that take place at Jerez from 1-3 December.

Ricciardo, a Red Bull protege, dominated British F3 in his rookie season this year, having graduated to the championship from Formula Renault.

His fellow Red Bull young driver Brendon Hartley will drive for Toro Rosso at the test, possibly along with another member of the energy drinks company's talent development scheme.

"We will test Brendon Hartley and we will see if a second driver comes to join us from Red Bull for this test," team boss Franz Tost told AUTOSPORT.

The majority of teams will test drivers who have won F1 outings via success in other championships at Jerez.

Ferrari is set to run the top drivers from Italian Formula 3 - as it did at Fiorano last winter. Williams will give Formula 2 champion Andy Soucek his prize test alongside its 2010 signing Nico Hulkenberg, and the departing BMW Sauber team will honour its commitment to give Alexander Rossi and Esteban Gutierrez F1 tests as their reward for winning last year's Formula BMW World Finals and European title respectively.

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