Antonio Felix da Costa will join Sebastien Buemi as an official test driver for Red Bull Racing in 2014.
Da Costa, who had been seen as the most likely replacement for Daniel Ricciardo at Toro Rosso for next season, before the Italian squad instead opted for fellow Red Bull backed driver, Daniil Kvyat, who was recently crowned as the 2013 GP3 Champion, will partner Buemi, who raced for Toyota in the World Endurance Championship in 2013.
Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner believes that Buemi and da Costa will prove invaluable to the Milton Keynes-based outfits progress in 2014, with the lifting of Formula One testing restrictions meaning that both will have a hand in the development of the team’s 2014 challenger.
“It’s great to be able to announce the signing of Sebastien and Antonio for 2014,” said Horner. “Next year sees the biggest change to the Formula One regulations for some time and the return of multiple in-season tests. To therefore be able to call on two such capable drivers is of huge benefit to the team.
“In Sebastien we have a great resource, a driver with extensive grand prix experience and that will be invaluable.
“Antonio, on the other hand, is an up-and-coming talent with whom we already have a good working relationship. I’m sure that his contribution will be just as important during what is sure to be an intensely busy season.”
Da Costa will split his commitments with Red Bull alongside a campaign in the DTM, racing for BMW.
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