SINGAPORE — Daniel Ricciardo says his administration has been in talks with various Components One groups a few drive subsequent yr, however insists he’s at peace with the prospect of not being on the grid in 2023.
Ricciardo will depart McLaren on the finish of the season after his contract was minimize a yr brief to make means for Components 2 champion Oscar Piastri in 2023.
It isn’t but clear whether or not Ricciardo will stay in F1 subsequent yr, with solely three groups — Alpine, Haas and Williams — but to substantiate their driver line-ups for 2023.
He’s not at the moment linked to any of the open seats within the media, however stated his administration has been exploring his choices.
“My workforce is speaking to just about everybody and they’re having conversations,” Ricciardo stated. “So we’re simply making an attempt to place all of it collectively and work out what makes essentially the most sense.
“So it isn’t that they are not , and whereas I am not coming from a spot of over confidence, we’re simply doing our due diligence and determining what’s greatest.
“Making an attempt to see past subsequent yr, as a result of for me I would like be racing but in addition do not need to be simply wanting on the subsequent 12 months and never the subsequent 24.”
Ricciardo stated he’s open to the concept of being a reserve driver at a high workforce, particularly if it comes with the potential of it turning right into a race drive in 2024.
“I am nonetheless eager to be a part of F1. After all, Plan A would to be on the grid, so nothing’s modified, however I do not need to simply bounce on the first seat out there. I do know the panorama has in all probability modified as effectively on the finish of subsequent yr with contracts or no matter, so I am remaining open.
“I do know that if I select to take a reserve position or not race subsequent yr, nothing’s assured. In order that comes at a threat, however that is what we’re weighing up. At this stage, particularly with a high workforce, there are not any ensures.”
Ricciardo stated he returned to his household dwelling in Australia through the current three-week break between races, which gave him some indication of how he may really feel if he spent a yr out of F1 subsequent yr.
“It is like a bit little bit of time away is highly effective and reminds you ways a lot you miss it and that is the place subsequent yr, if I am not racing, I really feel like there may very well be a blessing in all that,” he added. “It may make me begin foaming on the mouth eager to get again, in order that’s why I would be pumped to be on the grid once more but in addition seeing positives if that is not the case.
“That is why I am at peace with no matter occurs in 2023, as a result of the whole lot goes to occur for a motive and all this stuff is smart. Having a few weeks off is nice for headspace, readability and all these sorts of issues.”