Horner admits Ricciardo test linked to 2014 seat

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It appears that the list of drivers to take the Red Bull cockpit vacated by Webber at end of season is being narrowed down.

Jul.17 (GMM) Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has hinted Daniel Ricciardo's test this week is a 2014 audition as the world champions look to replace the departing Mark Webber.

(L to R): Daniel Ricciardo, Scuderia Toro Rosso and Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing in the FIA Press Conference
(L to R): Daniel Ricciardo, Scuderia Toro Rosso and Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing in the FIA Press Conference

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The news is a blow for Australian Ricciardo's similarly 23-year-old Toro Rosso teammate Jean-Eric Vergne, who earlier was also considered in the running for the top seat alongside Sebastian Vettel.

Unlike Ricciardo, Frenchman Vergne has not been called up to test the championship-leading RB9 at the Silverstone test.

"We're very keen to have a look at Daniel as a prospect for next year," Horner told British broadcaster Sky on Wednesday.

"It's a great opportunity for him," he added.

Horner also said 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen is in the running for the seat.

Asked if it is now a two-horse race between the Finn, who currently drives for Lotus, and Ricciardo, Horner admitted: "Essentially, probably."

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Tags horner, raikkonen, red bull, ricciardo, silverstone, toro rosso, vergne, webber, ydt, young drivers test

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