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Hartley returns to F1 duties


New Zealand's Brendon Hartley has been named as a reserve driver for Red BUll Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso, along with Australia's Daniel Ricciardo

The two drivers, who are both members of the Red Bull Junior Team, will alternate the reserve driver duties for 2010 on a race by race basis.

Daniel (20) is the reigning champion of the British Formula 3 series. After competing in Formula Renault Italy in 2007, he moved to Formula Renault West European Cup in 2008 and won the title, by taking ten pole positions and eight victories. He moved up a class in 2009 to the British Formula 3 Championship, where six wins and several points-scoring finishes saw him wrap up the Championship with two races to spare.

Brendon (20) from Palmerston North contested the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup in 2006 before winning the Eurocup title with a round to spare in 2007. In 2008 he moved to the British Formula Three Championship where he finished third, before moving to the F3 Euro Series last year.

Hartley was handed the same role last season but was replaced by fellow-Red Bull junior driver Jaime Alguersuari for the second half of 2009.

A recent highlight for the two drivers was taking part in the 2009 end of season F1 test in Jerez. Brendon was at the wheel of the TR4 for Scuderia Toro Rosso, while Daniel drove the RB5 for Red Bull Racing for all three days.

As reserve drivers, Daniel and Brendon will sit-in on the briefings and debriefs, attend driver meetings and familiarise themselves with the everyday workings of the garage and pit-wall. They will also fulfil marketing commitments for the teams.

The first race of the season takes place on 12 March in Bahrain.

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