Daniel Ricciardo joins Pink Bull in third driver function, reserve, testing

Daniel Ricciardo, who misplaced his McLaren seat this yr, has returned to Pink Bull as third driver for 2023.

A return to the staff the place he received seven Grands Prix had lengthy been rumoured, however was made official by the staff on Wednesday.

The staff mentioned that Ricciardo’s function will see him primarily used to assist with improvement and in industrial actions, and never as a reserve driver.

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“Bringing a wealth of expertise and character, Daniel will help the staff with testing and Sim work, in addition to industrial exercise,” the Pink Bull announcement learn.

Pink Bull staff boss Christian Horner added: “In his function as check and third driver, Daniel will give us the prospect to diversify, aiding within the improvement of the automobile, aiding the staff together with his expertise and data of what it takes to reach F1.

“We’re very happy to be working with Daniel once more and sit up for every little thing he’ll deliver to the staff in 2023.”

The Australian made his Components One debut for the short-lived HRT staff, in 2011 earlier than becoming a member of Pink Bull feeder squad Toro Rosso the next yr.

He moved as much as Pink Bull in 2014 and stayed 5 seasons profitable seven races and ending third within the driver standings twice.

“The smile says all of it. I’m actually excited to be coming again dwelling to Oracle Pink Bull Racing,” Ricciardo mentioned. “I have already got so many fond reminiscences of my time right here.

Ricciardo won seven Grands Prix at Red Bull, including at Monaco in 2018.
Ricciardo received seven Grands Prix at Pink Bull, together with at Monaco in 2018.Supply: Getty Pictures

“For me personally, the flexibility to contribute to and be surrounded by the most effective staff in F1 is vastly interesting, while additionally giving me a while to recharge and refocus. I can’t wait to be with the staff and help with simulator work, testing classes and industrial actions. Let’s go!”

Final week, Mercedes staff chief Toto Wolff confirmed that they had held talks with Ricciardo over the third driver function however that the Australian was speaking to different groups.

After leaving Pink Bull, Ricciardo raced two seasons with Renault and two with McLaren, profitable the Italian Grand Prix in 2021.

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