Daniel Ricciardo ‘secured reserve driver role’ for 2023 Formula 1 season
Daniel Ricciardo ‘has secured a reserve driver role’ for the 2023 Formula 1 season but is NOT with Mercedes as it is hinted the Australian could make a return to Red Bull
With Australian racing driver Daniel Ricciardo unable to find a full-time racing role in Formula 1 for the 2023 season, a number of questions have arisen over his future in racing.
However, some clarity on this emerged thanks to information from Sky Sports F1’s Ted Kravitz speaking midway through Q2 at the United States Grand Prix in Austin, TX.
Kravitz revealed the Aussie has been given a reserve driver role for next season.
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“I have good news for Daniel Ricciardo fans.” he said. “He may not have a race next year, but we understand he has closed a reserve driver role for next year.” He told us on Thursday that he will be in the Formula 1 paddock next year.
This prompted lead commentator David Croft to find out what wasn’t being said and ask which team Ricciardo might join.
“I thought you might ask me,” Kravitz replied. “We thought of Mercedes as they now have a vacancy as Nyck de Vries, their reserve driver, is going to Alpha Tauri. But I’m told it’s not Mercedes. So that only leaves a little…’
‘A return to Red Bull?’ Croft asked.
With Red Bull, Ricciardo has won seven of his eight career wins, including Monaco in 2018
“Yeah, that leaves Red Bull as teams that have reserve drivers at every race,” Kravitz said.
Ricciardo was a long-time driver with Red Bull Racing, racing for the Milton Keynes-based team from 2014 to 2018 after two seasons with sister team Scuderia Toro Rosso.
He has won seven of his eight career victories with Red Bull – including the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix – and finished 3rd in the world championship twice.
Ricciardo has struggled in his McLaren over the past season – despite winning at Monza last year – and is set to be replaced by fellow Australian Oscar Piastri.
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