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Daniel Ricciardo will drive for Red Bull during a Pirelli tyre test at the Circuit de Catalunya this week.

Red Bull is completing a 1000km tyre test at Barcelona with a 2011 car which it has supplied to Pirelli in order to carry out testing relevant to next season's tyres. Team principal Christian Horner said Daniel Ricciardo will split the running with the team's test driver Sebastien Buemi in order for Ricciardo to get more comfortable with the team ahead of his move in 2014.

"Well Pirelli approached all of the teams to see if they would be prepared to supply a 2011 car to conduct some 2014 tyre testing," Horner said. "So we've made a car available to Pirelli; I'm not sure if any other teams are going to be testing there as well.

"Sebastien Buemi -our test driver - will be driving on one day and Daniel Ricciardo will probably drive on the other as it's an opportunity for him to familiarise himself more with the team. It's very much a Pirelli test; we've provided a car that we use for the running showcar events that we do around the world and the run plan will be dictated by Pirelli."

Horner added that he didn't foresee any controversy arising from the test.

"No blank helmets! The helmets will be in the drivers colours and it's been offered or informed to all of the other teams, the FIA and it's a 2011 car."

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