Daniel Ricciardo: Mercedes & Purple Bull in talks with outgoing McLaren driver over 2023 reserve position, says Toto Wolff

Daniel Ricciardo is with out an F1 seat for subsequent season after having his McLaren contract terminated a 12 months early following a second disappointing marketing campaign with the crew; Mercedes and Purple Bull look like the most certainly touchdown spots for the Australian as a reserve driver in 2023

Final Up to date: 07/11/22 10:11am

Daniel Ricciardo is set to remain in F1 as a reserve driver next season

Daniel Ricciardo is about to stay in F1 as a reserve driver subsequent season

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff says “nice character” Daniel Ricciardo is in talks with each his crew and Purple Bull over a 2023 reserve driver position.

Ricciardo is and not using a seat for subsequent season, with the Australian set to depart McLaren after having his contract terminated a 12 months early following a second disappointing marketing campaign with the British crew.

Ricciardo was linked with a number of seats with groups anticipated to be behind the grid however has hinted he prefers the prospect of becoming a member of a front-runner as a reserve driver, with a view to sealing a return to a powerful automobile in 2024.

“I feel Daniel is talking to a couple groups a couple of potential position, additionally Purple Bull,” Wolff stated when quizzed about Ricciardo forward of the Mexico Metropolis Grand Prix.

“For us, we very very similar to him, he is a fantastic character however we’re not ready but who’s going to be our third driver.”

Ricciardo shares his plans and aims for the future after finishing seventh in the Mexico City GP.

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Ricciardo shares his plans and goals for the long run after ending seventh within the Mexico Metropolis GP.

Ricciardo shares his plans and goals for the long run after ending seventh within the Mexico Metropolis GP.

The 33-year-old has endured a troublesome time since his 2018 departure from Purple Bull, the place he claimed seven of his eight profession victories throughout 5 years with the crew.

He spent two largely unsuccessful seasons with Renault earlier than switching to McLaren, the place he has been persistently outperformed by team-mate Lando Norris, regardless of claiming the crew’s solely race victory since 2012 eventually 12 months’s Italian GP.

Whereas his inventory as a driver has undoubtedly dropped at McLaren, Ricciardo’s larger-than-life persona has established him as one of many sport’s hottest people, growing his worth as a reserve possibility for potential suitors.

Jenson Button believes people forget how good a driver Ricciardo is and feels he should drop down to a lower ranked team, rather than take a year out from Formula One.

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Jenson Button believes individuals neglect how good a driver Ricciardo is and feels he ought to drop all the way down to a decrease ranked crew, fairly than take a 12 months out from Formulation One.

Jenson Button believes individuals neglect how good a driver Ricciardo is and feels he ought to drop all the way down to a decrease ranked crew, fairly than take a 12 months out from Formulation One.

Requested what Ricciardo may deliver to Mercedes, Wolff stated: “Character, and he is been round for a very long time.

“He is aware of these automobiles inside out in order that could possibly be actually advantageous.

“However I do not need to put any rumours on the market as a result of we have not determined.”

Ricciardo provided a reminder of his abilities as he secured an excellent seventh-place end in Mexico, regardless of receiving a 10-second penalty for inflicting a collision with AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda.

Ricciardo finally completed the overtake on Alfa Romeo's Zhou Guanyu, while Lance Stroll and Pierre Gasly hit each other on the same straight.

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Ricciardo lastly accomplished the overtake on Alfa Romeo’s Zhou Guanyu, whereas Lance Stroll and Pierre Gasly hit one another on the identical straight.

Ricciardo lastly accomplished the overtake on Alfa Romeo’s Zhou Guanyu, whereas Lance Stroll and Pierre Gasly hit one another on the identical straight.

Chatting with Sky Sports activities F1 after the race, he reiterated his expectation that he won’t have a seat subsequent season.

“I can confidently say that I will not be on the grid behind a wheel [next year],” Ricciardo stated.

“However I nonetheless need to be within the sport, and I need to be working with a crew nonetheless with the ambition to be again on the grid in 2024.

“I really feel like a little bit of time away from a race seat will do me good, after which attempt to rebuild on one thing for 2024.

“I am not executed however it would look a bit totally different.”

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