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Ricciardo will move from his Toro Rosso test driver role

Daniel Ricciardo is set to replace Narain Karthikeyan at Hispania for the rest of the season.

Reuteurs and the Australian herald Sun are reporting that the talented Australian will line up at Silverstone next weekend to partner Vitantonio Liuzzi.

Ricciardo is part of the Red Bull driver programme and has been a test driver with sister team Toro Rosso this season.  But impressive recent performances by Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari have prevented the youngster from getting a race seat.

Ricciardo, who turns 22 on Friday, has taken part in Friday practice for Toro Rosso this season and has been tipped to get a full race drive with that Red Bull-owned team next year, if countryman Mark Webber chooses to leave.

“I had to pinch myself a couple of times to be sure that it’s real. Now I’m excited and can hardly wait to drive at Silverstone,” added Ricciardo.

“It’s a new challenge, a new experience, a new team, but I’m ready and will give of my best in any event.”

Hispania team chairman Jose Ramon Carabante is hopeful the loan is “just the start of a fruitful relationship” with Red Bull.

“This agreement is a reward for all the hard work Hispania Racing has shown since we started in F1 last year,” said Carabante.

“We’re proud the F1 world champion team has trusted us in their effort of developing their drivers.”

Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost said in May that Ricciardo was learning with each race he attended and indicated that he would offer him a seat for next season.

“He should learn the team, all the race tracks, to work together with the engineers, get a little bit of knowledge about the press work, about the marketing and this should be the preparation for him to race for Toro Rosso in 2012,” he said.

But the upturn in form of Toro Rosso – who currently sit seventh in the championship – has forced Ricciardo to look elsewhere.

Although the deal is said to be for the rest of the season it is widely believed that Karthikeyan will regain his seat for the inaugural Indian Grand Prix in October.

Button and Hamilton hope to be all smiles at Silverstone

McLaren duo Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button have vowed to do all they can to win the British Grand Prix next weekend.

The British pair have both won a race apiece this season – the only races where Sebastian Vettel has finished off the top step of the podium.

“I know what we are up against, but nothing is impossible,”Hamiltonsaid,

“What we really want is a one-two – think what that would do for British sport and the fans.

“It would feel massively special to us. Hopefully one day there will be a younger version of me at Silverstone looking up at a photo of myself and Jenson on the podium,” the 2008 world champion said.

Hamiltonfinished fourth inValenciaand trails Vettel by 89 points in the standings.

Team-mate Button lies second in the championship but he is still 77 points adrift of the German ace.

But the Somerset-born driver is optimistic that McLaren can create a race-winning package for his home Grand Prix.

“You always want to do well in front of your home crowd,” he said. “Last year was just a sea of rocket red [McLaren] caps everywhere, and it was quite emotional.

“It was great to see the support, and you always want to put on a good show for your own fans. Hopefully this year I can get a podium finish.”

Button has never finished on the podium in 11 attempts at Silverstone and despite finishing a lowly sixth last time out, he is confident he can challenge Red Bull’s dominance.

The 2009 champion said: “We’re still going to be trying. We have a fantastic team and if we keep pushing hard, we can slowly, slowly pull Vettel back.

“The only people to beat him this season are Lewis and myself. We are the challengers.”

Maldonado has struggled this year with a poor car

Williams’ technical staff reshuffle has continued with the appointments of Jason Sommerville and Mark Gillan.

Sommerville will join the team as Head of Aerodynamics in August and Gillan will become the Chief Operations Engineer from October.

The Grove-based team have undergone major behind-the-scenes changes in recent months after the team made their worst start to a season in their 33 year history.

Sommerville moves to Williams after spending a brief stint with Renault. He worked for the team between 1997 and 1999 before heading up Toyota’s aerodynamic department until the team bowed out of the sport two years ago.

Gillan has taken up a variety of roles with McLaren, Jaguar, Red Bull andToyotabefore switching to Williams.

Mike Coughlan joined as Chief Designer earlier this month as the team began to prepare for the future. Both Sommerville and Gillan will fill the void left by Sam Michael and Jon Tomlinson who will leave the outfit at the end of the season.

Williams have not won a championship since 1997 or a race for nearly seven years.