29 Nov 2008

New Zealand motor racing driver to test for Red Bull

10:17 am on 29 November 2008

The 19 year old New Zealand motor racing driver Brendon Hartley will test for the Red Bull Formula One team next month after regular Australian driver Mark Webber was ruled out with a broken leg.

Hartley, a Formula Three competitor, will join Germany's Sebastian Vettel and Switzerland's Sebastien Buemi for the test at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain.

Hartley, a Red Bull junior driver who has had brief 'shakedown' runs in Red Bull cars this year, recently finished third in the Macau F3 Grand Prix after starting in 20th place.

He also set a lap record in the process.

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner says Brendon is one of several promising talents in the Red Bull Junior Team and an opportunity has arisen to allow him to get some time in a Formula One car.