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Hartley dropped as Red Bull reserve driver

Red Bull have stated that reserve driver Brendon Hartley has been dropped from the Red Bull Junior Team, and therefore will not be the reserve driver for Toro Rosso and Red Bull either. This leaves Australian Daniel Ricciardo as the only test driver for either of the two teams owned by Dieter Mateschitz.

Brendon Hartley, seen here testing for Red Bull, has been dropped from their Junior Team

Brendon Hartley, seen here testing for Red Bull, has been dropped from their Junior Team

Hartley is currently 6th in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, and no reason has been supplied by Red Bull Racing as to his departure. However, it is believed that Red Bull made the decision to drop Hartley, rather than him leaving by himself.

I would have to say that I’m disappointed by this news, as I had tipped him for the Toro Rosso seat in 2012. This leaves the door wide open for Australian Daniel Ricciardo to replace either Buemi or Alguersuari in a few years’ time, and possibly Red Bull in the future.

Ricciardo and Hartley are Red Bull reserves

Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull has announced that their 2010 reserve drivers to be Daniel Ricciardo and Brendon Hartley. Both of these drivers are already in the Red Bull junior team.

Brendon Hartley

Brendon Hartley

It is also understood that the two drivers will alternate reserve driver duties on a race-by-race basis.

Ricciardo impressed last year in the young driver test in December, while Hartley was reserve driver for both Red Bull and Toro Rosso last year.

When asked about this, Ricciardo said:

“It’s very exciting. It was an email I was hoping for since the test in December, but I wasn’t sure whether it would come at all. So, a big relief, but also very satisfying.”

“This will be a very good introduction to F1 – even though I won’t be driving the car, just to sit in on the briefings and do what the drivers do on a weekend is a good way to start learning. It’s all exciting and I’ll be busy, even though I’m not driving.”

At the moment, Australian Ricciardo is the reigning British Formula Three champion. In 200, he raced in the Italian Formula Renault series, and in 2008 won the Formula Renault West European cup, with 8 wins. Last year, he won the British F3 series with 2 races to spare. I’m expecting him to be in Formula 1 in the next few years, as his racing history shows he has a huge amount of talent.

Here’s a great overtake in the British F3 championship from Ricciardo:

And a burnout as well 🙂

Kiwi Brendon Hartley started in 2006 in Formula Renault 2.0. In 2007 he won the Eurocup title, and in 2008 raced in British F3 just like Ricciardo. Here, he finised 3rd, behind Jaime Alguersuari and Oliver Turvey. In 2009, he competed in the Formula 3 Euroseries. I don’t know as much about him, but he clearly deserves the opportunity to be in the Red Bull junior team.

Here’s a video I found about him when he competed in the famous F3 Macau Grand Prix:

As always, I love to see the new guys get a chance in Formula1. Both have lots of talent, and deserve this opportunity. Hopefully we can see them racing in F1 in a few years time.