Daniel Ricciardo had ‘fallen out of affection’ with F1 earlier than Pink Bull signing, feels Christian Horner

Pink Bull staff boss Christian Horner believes that after some underwhelming performances during the last two years, Daniel Ricciardo had “fallen out of affection” with F1.

Regardless of choosing up a race win for McLaren on the Italian Grand Prix final yr, the eight-time race winner had an extremely troublesome marketing campaign with the Woking-based staff, particularly when in comparison with his former teammate, Lando Norris.

The staff ended their contract with Daniel Ricciardo a yr early and later introduced that Oscar Piastri can be changing him at McLaren in 2023. On the finish of the season, Pink Bull introduced that the 33-year-old can be returning to the staff subsequent yr as a reserve driver.

Talking on the KTM Summer time Grill with Speedcafe.com, Horner claimed that the staff was “stunned” to see that Ricciardo wouldn’t be on the 2023 F1 grid:

“Nicely, we have been stunned to see Daniel be out on the general market. So for us, having grown up with Pink Bull, having nurtured him since being a junior, it made sense for us to deliver him again into the fold. [He’s a driver] with a lot expertise, at such a excessive profile, I feel Daniel had fallen out of affection slightly bit with System 1.”

“He’s had a few actually powerful seasons, significantly this yr. For him to play a supporting function to the race drivers as our third driver, each right here within the manufacturing unit and at occasions with all industrial companions we’ve got as some of the recognisable faces at present in F1, for us – it made quite a lot of sense. Hopefully, in that course of, Daniel will rediscover his ardour for System 1, however we actually don’t have any plans to utilise him apart from in that third driver function, mixed with the industrial actions that he’ll be performing.”

Pink Bull confirms Daniel Ricciardo’s presence at “some races” within the 2023 F1 season

Christian Horner confirmed that Daniel Ricciardo will probably be taking over the function of reserve driver at a number of races within the upcoming season, whereas Pink Bull junior Liam Lawson can be the staff’s official reserve driver for some.

Talking about Ricciardo’s return to the staff and the plans for the 2023 season, Horner stated:

“Daniel will probably be attending some races the place, clearly, he will probably be our reserve driver for these occasions.”

“[Daniel will] in all probability do a little bit of tyre testing for us, not with the Pirelli programme that will get distributed across the groups. He’ll be doing a little work within the simulator. So he’ll be doing all of these actions after which, after all, with the industrial calls for that we’ve got from the myriad of sponsors and companions that we’ve got, significantly with a a lot greater presence within the US the place Daniel is now predominantly primarily based, with three Grands Prix there subsequent yr, he’s gonna have a busy agenda for the season forward.”

Daniel Ricciardo completed the 2022 F1 season eleventh within the drivers’ championship.

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