Official: Ricciardo to race for Hispania
30 June 2011 – As reported by GPUpdate.net on Thursday afternoon, Daniel Ricciardo has been confirmed as part of Hispania Racing's line-up ahead of next weekend's British Grand Prix. The Red Bull-backed Australian will be making his Formula 1 debut at the prestigious Silverstone venue, replacing one of the team’s current drivers.
"It’s a dream come true for me - for the first time on an F1 starting grid!" Ricciardo commented. "I had to pinch myself a couple of times to be sure that it’s real. I’m excited and can hardly wait to drive at Silverstone. It’s a new challenge, a new experience, a new team, but I’m ready and will give of my best in any event."
Ricciardo is currently racing for ISR in the World Series by Renault, having recently combined his duties with Friday morning practice sessions for Toro Rosso. It is believed the deal has been put together in order for Ricciardo’s skills to be fully assessed by reigning Champions Red Bull, with the 21-year old explaining to GPUpdate.net earlier this afternoon that he is "really, really excited" about the opportunity.
Colin Kolles, Hispania Racing Team Principal, added: "I’m happy to welcome Daniel to the team; I’m glad the team managed to conclude this deal together with (Red Bull advisor) Dr. Helmut Marko who deserves my personal respect."
The Murcia-based squad is yet to announce who Ricciardo will be replacing, but Indian driver Narain Karthikeyan is expected to step aside.
Also on Thursday:
Ricciardo confirms plans to race with HRT