Aussie F1 star Daniel Ricciardo set to FINALLY determine his future within the sport after being seen leaving a group’s hospitality space on the Singapore GP: however the place is the ‘Honey Badger’ heading?
- Aussie star is reportedly in ‘a complicated stage’ of negotiations with Mercedes
- Daniel Ricciardo would be part of F1 powerhouse Mercedes as a reserve driver
- Ricciardo was noticed leaving the Mercedes storage in Singapore final week
Daniel Ricciardo seems to be very near securing his future in System 1 as studies emerged the favored Aussie is in ‘a complicated stage’ of negotiations to hitch Mercedes as a back-up driver for subsequent 12 months.
Ricciardo, 33, is weighing up his choices after he was axed by McLaren following an underwhelming 2022 marketing campaign, with the group recruiting younger Aussie Oscar Piastri for 2023.
The eight-time race winner would not have numerous choices left with solely seats at Williams and Haas showing to nonetheless be accessible – as studies hyperlink present Mercedes reserve Nick De Vries to a transfer to Alpha Tauri, which might enable Pierre Gasly to hitch Alpine.
Daniel Ricciardo (pictured in a current Instagram submit) seems to be very near securing his future in System 1 as studies emerged the favored Aussie is in ‘a complicated stage’ of negotiations to hitch Mercedes as a back-up driver for subsequent 12 months
As reported in August, Mercedes are contemplating the Australian as an possibility to interchange seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, whose contract expires in 2023.
And in accordance with French broadcasters Canal+, the ‘superior’ stage of negotiations level to Ricciardo transferring there as a reserve driver.
Final week Ricciardo was additionally noticed leaving the Mercedes storage forward of the Grand Prix, which elevated speculations that he is likely to be heading in that path.
Daniel Ricciardo was noticed leaving the Mercedes storage in a serious trace about his future
Former Purple Bull driver and supervisor of Oscar Piastri, Mark Webber, revealed he’d spoken with Ricciardo over the weekend.
He mentioned the Aussie was nonetheless weighing up his choices, however believes Mercedes could be his greatest guess.
‘I had a superb chat to him final night time,’ Webber mentioned throughout qualifying in Singapore.
‘I nonetheless do not assume he is certain. A Merc reserve driver function? Who is aware of how lengthy Lewis (Hamilton) goes to go on for?
‘Merc, a fairly useful operation, so it is one thing he would possibly think about.’
Solutions that Ricciardo might take over from Hamilton have loomed just lately, notably contemplating the 37-year-old’s disillusionment with the game over the best way the 2021 season completed up in Abu Dhabi.
Mercedes are contemplating Ricciardo (pictured above forward of the Singapore GP) as an possibility to interchange seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, whose contract expires in 2023
Nevertheless, Mercedes group principal Toto Wolff believes Hamilton mentioned he has 5 extra years left in System 1.
‘We’re completely clear with one another,’ Wolff instructed Channel 4.
‘We speak concerning the future additionally, and I believe it’s extremely straightforward. Lewis would be the first one to say ‘I can not do that anymore as a result of I really feel I have not bought the reactions anymore, or I’ve simply misplaced enjoyable doing it and there’s one other era rising up that is simply very robust’.
‘So I’ve little doubt that no matter we agree on a contract extension, which goes to occur, that we each are all the time going to debate very overtly ‘what does the longer term maintain?’
Former F1 star Mark Webber believes Daniel Ricciardo’s (pictured above in 2014) greatest guess is to signal with powerhouse Mercedes as a reserve driver
‘The benefit is we communicate loads collectively, he lives right here and I am there [in Monaco]. And simply final week we sat down and he says ‘nicely, I’ve one other 5 years in me. How do you see that?’
‘I imply, he is the shining star in System 1 on and off monitor. I believe we might lose the best persona System 1 ever had.’
Ought to Hamilton elect to retire on the finish of the 2023 season, the Aussie would appear a smart substitute to race alongside the spectacular George Russell.