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Hartley joins Red Bull Formula 1 test squad


Kiwi Brendon Hartley takes a significant step towards his goal of driving in Formula 1 when he tests a Red Bull Grand Prix car at Jerez, Spain, on December 15

Hartley joins Red Bull Racing’s regular test driver Sebastien Buemi to cover for the injured Mark Webber in the test. The Australian F1 racer has been ruled out of the winter test programme after breaking his right leg in a cycle accident in Tasmania last weekend.

Webber had been due to test alongside new teammate Sebastian Vettel at Jerez on December 15-17. Buemi, tipped to drive for Red Bull’s sister team, Toro Rosso, in next year’s Formula 1 World Championship, will sub for Webber on all three days. Hartley will drive on the opening day before Vettel takes over the car.

Red Bull Racing boss, Christian Horner, describes Hartley (19) as “one of the shining lights in the (Red Bull) junior team.” Hartley finished third in this season’s British Formula 3 championship – winning five races – and capped the year with a fine drive from 20th on the grid to third place in the prestigious Macau F3 Grand Prix two weeks ago.

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