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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.

Kolles has not had much to smile in 2011

Hispania team principal, Colin Kolles, believes this weekend’s Turkish grand Prix will provide the team with its best chance to beat its rivals so far this season.

“I believe that the Turkish Grand Prix should see Hispania Racing take the next step.,” Kolles said

“Istanbul Park is a track that, due to its nature, should be favourable for us, add to that the fact that we have aerodynamic and mechanical updates for this race and I think that, if the data is confirmed on track, we should be able to beat our closest rivals.”

The team have struggled in the first three races because their car was not finished early enough to allow the team to do any pre-season testing.

Neither Vitantonio Liuzzi nor Narain Karthikeyan managed to complete a competitive lap in the new car before Saturday afternoon of the first race weekend in Australia.

Kolles said: “Our aim for the weekend is to close the gap with respect to our closest competitors in qualifying and fight for positions in the race, hopefully getting both cars over the finish line.

“Hispania Racing has made significant progress since the start of the season, we are working very hard to improve and definitely will improve.

“I think that, due to the tyre situation, we should see a very close race, anything is possible. In terms of speed, Red Bull is ahead but you never know what will happen,” he added.

In their first season Hispania failed to score a single point and finished bottom of the constructors championship.

Herman Tilke has designed many F1 tracks

The organisers of the Indian Grand Prix have officially named the new complex ahead of its inaugural race in October.

The new 5.14-kilometre Herman Tilke designed track will be known as the Buddh International Circuit.

The name is derived from the Gautam Budh Nagar district, near Greater Noida, which the track is situated in. It is around 40 kilometres fromNew Delhi.

The track is still under construction and is hoping to be granted FIA approval in August. Organisers are keen to avoid the Korean Grand Prix fiasco of last year where parts of the track were finished days before the event.

Tilke has designed several current race-tracks – includingMalaysia,ChinaandTurkey– with mixed reviews.

Indiahas never held a Formula 1 race before but the sport’s popularity is rising. Narain Karthikeyan became the first Indian driver in 2005 withJordan–now with Hispania – and ForceIndiawere the first Indian team to take to the grid in 2007.