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NEXT F1 DRIVER IN THE WORKS? Beitske Visser (18) joins Red Bull as she competes in the German ADAC Formel Masters in 2013. Who knows, perhaps she could partner Sebastian Vettel. image: RED BULL

LONDON, England - Red Bull has signed up a teenage girl to its famous driver development "junior team".

Red Bull will back driver Beitske Visser, an 18-year-old Netherlander, to compete in the German single-seater category ADAC Formel Masters in 2013. She won two races in 2012.

Red Bull said: "(Visser) is the first female to join our squad."

NO 'QUOTA' FOR RED BULL

Helmut Marko is in charge of the junior programme. In February 2013 he said female Indycar and Nascar driver Danica Patrick haddone "not enough" to attract Red Bull's attention. Marko said: "We are looking for drivers based on performance, not by quota."

The most famous graduate of Red Bull's junior team is Sebastian Vettel but also making it to F1 from the same programme were Jean-Eric Vergne, Daniel Ricciardo, Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi.

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