Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo set to take a seat out 2023 F1 season

Daniel Ricciardo says he doesn’t count on to be racing in Method One subsequent season, however is setting his sights on a return to the grid in 2024.

Ricciardo’s revelation comes after the newest spate of driver strikes narrowed down the out-of-contract Mclaren driver’s choices.

Earlier on Saturday, French producer Alpine introduced it had signed AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly on a multi-year deal to interchange Aston Martin-bound Fernando Alonso.

Shortly after, AlphaTauri stated it was changing Gasly with Dutchman Nyck de Vries, who impressed by taking factors on his debut as a stand-in for Alexander Albon at Williams in final month’s Italian Grand Prix.

Ricciardo’s solely choices to stay on the grid are with eighth-placed Haas or last-placed Williams.

“I knew they have been speaking for some time and I knew although they have been very enthusiastic about Pierre,” stated Ricciardo on the Japanese Grand Prix.

“I believe the fact is now I will not be on the grid in 2023. I believe it is now simply making an attempt to arrange for ’24,” added the 33-year-old, who has gained eight occasions in Method One.

Ricciardo, who twice completed third within the total drivers’ standings whereas racing for Pink Bull, joined McLaren in the beginning of final season.

He handed the previous champions their first win since 2012 in a one-two with teammate Lando Norris on the 2021 Italian Grand Prix.

However outcomes have largely failed to satisfy expectations, with McLaren selecting to terminate his deal one 12 months early to make means for fellow Australian and rising star Oscar Piastri, who will make his F1 debut with the workforce subsequent 12 months.

Daniel Ricciardo gets into his McLaren before qualifying at Belgium.
Ricciardo has skilled an sad stint with McLaren.(Pool by way of Reuters: Geer Vanden Wijngaert)

Ricciardo, who made his debut with now-defunct HRT on the 2011 British Grand Prix, has been linked with a reserve driver function at Mercedes alongside regulars Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.

“It is type of like simply hitting pause for a little bit bit, as I see it, and, as an instance, so far as my F1 profession goes the complete intention is for ’24,” stated Ricciardo, who dominated out racing in one other class.

“As enjoyable or cool because it sounds to compete in one thing else, the reality is mentally, I am not there but.

“I am nonetheless so, so engaged on this and I believe a little bit of day without work out of a seat will most likely do me good.”

Ricciardo got here agonisingly near beginning Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix inside the highest 10, earlier than being pipped late in qualifying. 

The McLaren driver was knocked out of the second qualifying session after ending eleventh, simply 0.003 seconds behind Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel.

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