Not retained by McLaren, Daniel Ricciardo will be Red Bull’s reserve driver next season, said Austrian team adviser Helmut Marko.
Daniel Ricciardo back to where he had his greatest successes! Without a seat for next season, the 33-year-old Australian driver will be the reserve driver for the Red Bull team, whose colors he defended from 2014 to 2018. This is the Austrian team’s adviser, Helmut Marko, who confirmed it this Friday on the sidelines of the first free practice session of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. ” Ricciardo will be our third driver. We have so many sponsors, we have to do shows, so of course he’s one of the most high profile and best suited “, he declared at the microphone of Sky Germany. The Australian driver, who had won seven of his eight career victories at Red Bull and twice finished third in the world championship, in 2014 and 2016, will above all have the role of ambassador for the team, even if nothing has been made official yet. Mercedes had also offered him a position as a reserve driver, but the native of Perth preferred to join a team he already knew.
An extremely disappointing 2022 season
Of course, the current twelfth in the world championship hopes that this freelance as a reserve driver will only last a year, because he wants to find a starting place in a team in 2024. But he has disappointed in recent seasons, even if he was not always helped by his various single-seaters. Having left for Renault in 2019 because he no longer wanted to remain in the shadow of Max Verstappen, the Australian only stayed two seasons with the French team (9th then 5th in the championship) before going to see if the he grass was greener on the McLaren side. Winner of the Italian Grand Prix last year, Ricciardo has not been able to surf on this success this year, and he currently has 78 points less than his teammate Lando Norris. This is why he will be replaced by Oscar Piastri next year. Will we ever see the whimsical titular Australian in an F1 single-seater again? Everything is possible, like Nico Hülkenberg, who will find a seat at Haas at the age of 35, four years after his last full-time season…