Daniel Ricciardo: Outgoing McLaren driver says F1 reserve role ‘realistic’ for 2023


Daniel Ricciardo has been linked with vacant 2023 seats at Alpine, Haas and Williams, as well as reserve roles at Red Bull and Mercedes; watch the Singapore GP live on Sky Sports F1, starting with Friday practice at 10.30am; Sunday race at 1 p.m.

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Following the announcement of Daniel Ricciardo’s departure from McLaren at the end of the season, discover his greatest race victories for Red Bull.

Following the announcement of Daniel Ricciardo’s departure from McLaren at the end of the season, discover his greatest race victories for Red Bull.

Daniel Ricciardo says taking on a reserve role in Formula 1 in 2023 has become a “realistic” possibility for him as he continues to assess his options for next season.

After McLaren announced in August the early termination of Ricciardo’s contract at the end of the season, the Australian has been linked with vacant seats at Alpine, Williams and Haas, as well as reserve roles for leaders Red Bull and Mercedes.

Ricciardo has had a three-week break from the Italian GP to think about his future, and speaking ahead of this weekend’s Singapore GP he admitted he was hesitant to take a ride with a team at the back of the field.

“Let’s say my headspace is in the same space,” Ricciardo said Thursday. “I always want to be part of F1 and of course ‘Plan A’ would be to be on the grid.

“So nothing has changed, but I don’t want to just jump on the first type of seat available. I know the landscape will probably change also at the end of next year, with contracts and such, so I don’t don’t mean staying patient, but staying open.”

Asked specifically about the likelihood of playing a reserve role rather than a player, he added: “It’s certainly something realistic, yes.

“Those are the two realistic options. It’s not somewhere else.

“I love the other motorsport disciplines but I don’t see myself there. I also feel good if I jump into something like that, and then it closes the door to F1. ‘ve checked, and I So I focus only on F1.

“My team talks with, I mean, pretty much everyone, or they have conversations, so we just try to put it all together and figure out what makes the most sense.

“So it’s not that they’re not calling or they’re not interested, I know that’s ringing…I’m not coming from overconfidence, but we’re just doing our due diligence and determining what is best.

“I’m trying to kind of look beyond next year, for me of course I want to race but I also don’t want to look at the next 12 months and not look at the next 24.”

Nico Rosberg and Paul Di Resta discuss what went wrong for Daniel Ricciardo and his options for 2023.

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Nico Rosberg and Paul Di Resta discuss what went wrong for Daniel Ricciardo and his options for 2023.

Nico Rosberg and Paul Di Resta discuss what went wrong for Daniel Ricciardo and his options for 2023.

The 33-year-old’s two seasons with McLaren culminated with victory in last year’s Italian GP, ​​but for the most part he was clearly outclassed by team-mate Lando Norris, while the team has rarely been able to compete for the podiums.

Ricciardo scored seven wins with Red Bull between 2014 and 2018 before leaving to join Renault, with whom he spent two disappointing seasons before joining McLaren, and admits the contrast between the level of competitiveness during those stops has an impact on his final decision.

“Having been through it for the past few years, I know there’s something you’re fighting for,” he said. “Monza last year was the best scenario to fight for a win, but what the fights up front do, when you’ve had that taste, it’s real and that’s ultimately where I want to be.

“So I guess I don’t just want to race after race, I want to race with a real belief or understanding that I might be back on the podium eventually.”

Steiner: Haas not waiting for Ricciardo

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner, who has previously expressed an interest in securing Ricciardo’s services for the 2023 season, insisted he was not waiting for the Australian’s decision but also refused to rule out his hiring.

“I don’t want to speak for Daniel. I think he’s thinking about what he wants to do,” Steiner said.

Red Bull F1 team principal Christian Horner says he is saddened by the announcement that Ricciardo will be replaced by McLaren for the 2023 season, adding that he is

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Red Bull F1 team principal Christian Horner says he is saddened by the announcement that Ricciardo will be replaced by McLaren for the 2023 season, adding he is “one of the best guys” in the sport.

Red Bull F1 team principal Christian Horner says he is saddened by the announcement that Ricciardo will be replaced by McLaren for the 2023 season, adding he is “one of the best guys” in the sport.

“That’s my biggest thing, he has to weigh what he wants to do, if he decides to join a team at the back of the grid, it doesn’t mean he can’t get on the grid, and I am sure he didn’t mean what he said in a negative way.

“He has to find out what he wants to do in life, and that will take time for him, because it’s a big decision for his career, and I’m sure he takes what he wants to do very carefully.

“I’m not waiting for him to answer what he wants to do, just to clarify that.

“Once he decides what he wants to do, he will let everyone know, but I don’t know and I think he doesn’t know at the moment.”




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