Daniel Ricciardo

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There will be two Aussies in F1 from next week’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Perth’s Daniel Ricciardo has been announced as having been signed to drive the Hispania Racing Team’s car. Ricciardo is a Red Bull junior driver and a Toro Rosso reserve driver and the inference is that Red Bull have given HRT some financial support in return for them giving Ricciardo some race experience. There has been some noise that Toro Rosso’s race drivers Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi have been under the pump and this may be a way of giving Ricciardo experience before he joins STR. The other rumour is that next year Mark Webber will move onto Ferrari or Renault and that Ricciardo will join Vettel at Red Bull Racing. If this turns out to be the case it will be interesting how Red Bull handle having two young hotshots from the Red Bull junior program in the team.