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Daniel Ricciardo will make his F1 debut this weekend at the British Grand Prix, after Red Bull found him a seat with Hispania Racing. Replacing Narain Karthikeyan, Ricciardo will upgrade from his position as Red Bull reserve driver to full time racer just in time for the race at Silverstone.

Talking about the opportunity, the Australian said: "It means a lot to me. I'm sure, as many of us here, we dream it as kids but don't really believe that one day it will actually happen! It will be a very special moment for me, perhaps a little emotional too. I am very happy with the deal. I didn't think I would be racing an F1 car this season so for Red Bull to have found me a seat is awesome and I'm grateful to have this opportunity and the support from both teams."

He adds that it may take him a while to adapt to the car, and that he isn't expecting too much from his first race, just that it is a massive step in the right direction for his career.