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Daniel Ricciardo, current leader of the British Formula 3 Championship, will be joining Renault's World Series in Portugal next weekend. The Australian Carlin driver, with be driving the 3.5 litre car for the Tech 1 squad at the Portimao circuit.
Heading into Friday's British F3 race at Spa with pole position and a 12-point championship advantage over Austria's Walter Grubmüller, Ricciardo's outing in the World Series will be his debut in the formula. "It's really Red Bull's decision," Ricciardo, told Autosport on stepping into the cockpit of Kiwi Brendon Hartley, who in turn will be driving in the F3 Euro Series in Germany.
"Brendon is the regular driver but he's not available next weekend and I guess I sprang up in their minds; it's a good thing they want to give me a shot and Tech 1 are a championship-winning team so it's a great way to start - I'm not really sure what to expect, but I'm not expecting to be at the back!"
Is Daniel setting himself any targets? "I hope to give some competition and just compare myself to Charles Pic because he's won races and is quick," 20-year-old Ricciardo replied. "If I can challenge Charles, that won't be a bad effort; it's also a chance to get in some laps and learn the track before the penultimate round of F3. I'm looking forward to it - it's two long races and it's probably going to be hot so I guess coming from the outback will help!"
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