Daniel Ricciardo experienced an exceptionally unusual season: he started on the sidelines, then got a seat in the AlphaTauri, broke his hand in Zandvoort – leading to another period of absence – and ultimately finished the season with the Italian team. A rollercoaster of emotions for Ricciardo.
A lot happened with Ricciardo, and what does he especially remember after the ’23 season? “Some metal in my hand,” the Australian laughs in his characteristic way. “I think when I look back on this year, it’s a year that I never expected in so many ways. I didn’t expect to race at all this year, let alone experience everything else. So, that’s definitely something I’m happy about.”
Ricciardo’s Resurgence and Red Bull Rumors
After a frustrating stint at McLaren, Ricciardo rediscovered the joy of the sport through a reserve role at Red Bull Racing and a race seat at AlphaTauri F1 Team. “The way I feel now, in my heart, I’m very happy. I’m really comfortable and glad to be racing again. I’m extremely hungry and motivated.”
“It’s probably the first time I don’t want there to be a winter break. I want to keep racing and stay in the flow a bit. But also the thought of taking a break and preparing myself for next year, I find that exciting,” says Ricciardo, who faces an important season ahead. It’s no secret that the Australian is on Red Bull’s radar to replace Sergio Perez as Max Verstappen’s teammate in ’25. However, Ricciardo must prove himself worthy of that position next year.
Sky F1 co-commentator Martin Brundle explained why he remains unconvinced that Daniel Ricciardo deserves the Red Bull seat at this moment. Daniel Ricciardo’s track record boasts 32 podium finishes and 8 Grand Prix victories, indicating that he possesses the qualities to potentially partner with Max Verstappen at Red Bull.
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