Red Bull Racing confirm Pirelli tyre test drivers

Red Bull Racing have confirmed their drivers for Pirelli’s tyre test later this month, with their two race drivers sharing the work load.

The wet-weather test, which will take place at the Paul Ricard circuit in France, was announced last week by the Italian tyre manufacturer, with Red Bull being joined by McLaren and Ferrari.

With McLaren confirming their driver for the two days as 2015 GP2 Series champion and 2016 reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne, Red Bull have duly followed them by announcing that their 2016 drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat will split the driving duties.

Ricciardo will drive the 2015-spec car on 25 January while Kvyat will take over on Tuesday 26. The test will solely focus on providing Pirelli with the opportunity of gaining valuable data on its wet rubber, primarily their full-wet compound.

Pirelli and the FIA will monitor the test to ensure participating teams do not run their 2016-spec cars, gaining the upper-hand against their rivals. Ferrari are yet to confirm their line-up for the test.