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|Friday, 27 November 2009 15:32|
Ex-Remo Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo heads to Macau in preperation for F1 warm up
The Red Bull Formula 1 Team has confirmed that Daniel will be taking part in their official test at the Jerez circuit on the 1st to the 3rd of December.
Daniel "I had suspected a possible run in the F1 car before Christmas, so since the F3 season finished I have been amping up my training program and adding in more strength and neck related exercises. I have been busy in and out of the Red Bull F1 factory making a seat and spending time on the simulator, so everyone is working hard to make the test as best as it can possibly be for me"
Daniel heading to Macau for F1 warm up!
DUNCRAIG'S Daniel Ricciardo will complete one golden chapter of his international career this weekend before starting two new ones.
Ricciardo, 20, will wind up his Formula Three days at the Macau Grand Prix on the narrow but high-speed 6.2km Guia street circuit where greats like Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher, as well as top Australians, excelled in the past.
Then he will return to Europe to prepare for a three-day F1 test in Spain with Red Bull Racing on the first three days of December as he races towards becoming Australia's next Formula One driver - and WA's first.
After that his concentration will be on next season, for which he is slotted to race in the Formula Renault 3.5 series (formerly called World Series by Renault) for top French team Tech 1.
This year has been one of lightning progress for Ricciardo.
He won seven races, and was on the podium another seven times, on the way to becoming the British Formula Three Champion with Carlin Motorsport.
Now he is in Macau for his finale with Carlin at what team boss Trevor Carlin said was "the highlight of the F3 year".
"It is a level playing field for F3 teams from around the world and probably one of the most challenging races in any driver's career," Carlin said.
In four years of open-wheeler car racing overseas after a decade of karting in WA, Ricciardo has not yet raced on a street circuit.
"It's going to be a really new experience, so I don't suppose there's anywhere better to learn about street circuits than Macau," he said.
It will also be good training for the Renault 3.5 race at next year's Monaco GP on the famed streets of Monte Carlo.
"The Macau GP is something I've always wanted to do," Ricciardo said.
"We'll be pushing to be at the front from the start of practice."
Among the Carlin squad of four drivers will be New Zealander Brendon Hartley, who charged from the back of the Macau F3 field last year to finish third, setting the lap record in the process.
Ricciardo and Hartley will be teammates at Tech 1 next year.
And Hartley will test for Red Bull Racing's sister F1 team Toro Rosso at Jerez in Spain at the same as Ricciardo is there in early December.
The RB5 car the former Newman College student will drive is the model in which German sensation Sebastian Vettel and Australia's Mark Webber won six grands prix between them, including the last three, in the just-completed world championship.
The team has moulded a seat especially for Ricciardo in the cramped cockpit.
He's been training for the most important three days of his young life on a simulator at Red Bull Racing's headquarters at Milton Keynes, north of London.
Ricciardo has based himself at Milton Keynes too, to be on hand for any F1 duties.
He will continue to live there next year, even though most of his racing will be on the Continent.
A full-time GP drive is probably still a year or more away, but Ricciardo might just be the right man in the right place at the right time.