Daniel Ricciardo thinks the ‘one step again to take two steps ahead’ strategy could also be the easiest way to delay his F1 profession.
The Australian seems more and more unlikely to be racing in 2023 after being ousted from McLaren in favour of his youthful compatriot Oscar Piastri.
Greater than a month after the information was introduced, the 33-year-old nonetheless seems no nearer to discovering one other workforce with the noise round a return to Alpine – he left Renault on the finish of 2020 to hitch McLaren – having died down.
Haas in all probability signify Ricciardo’s greatest likelihood of staying on the grid subsequent yr, however whether or not it could be the proper match and so they might pay him a suitable wage is one other matter.
Subsequently, the eight-time grand prix winner seems to be reconciling himself to considering a yr on the sidelines could be greatest, with a view to discovering the proper alternative for 2024.
Ricciardo was requested about his future on the Fitzy and Wippa breakfast radio present on the Nova 96.9 station in Sydney.
“After I say I don’t know, I don’t have a contract but for subsequent yr,” stated Ricciardo.
“Might it nonetheless occur? It might. I suppose I’m not getting too caught up in subsequent yr. After all I wish to race, I wish to be on the grid, I wish to be competing.
“However I’m not sort of seeing subsequent yr as all or nothing. Clearly 2024 is one thing I need to concentrate on and have a look at.
“In order that’s sort of the place I’m like. If it means taking a step again to then take two steps ahead, that’s what we are attempting to determine in the meanwhile, me and my workforce. In order that could possibly be a yr off.”
Is a yr away from racing the proper transfer for Daniel Ricciardo?
What the previous Purple Bull man shall be banking on is that F1 generally throws up probably the most surprising of circumstances that may remodel a driver’s profession.
Who would have thought, for instance, that a number of months after being turfed out of Racing Level, along with his F1 profession feasibly trying achieved, Sergio Perez could be provided the prospect to hitch Purple Bull?
Admittedly a shock win within the Sakhir Grand Prix helped the Mexican, however it was nonetheless fairly a turnaround.
And even in February of this yr, when he had simply completed twelfth within the Daytona 24 Hours, Kevin Magnussen might by no means have anticipated he could be racing a full F1 season for Haas.
Subsequently, if there may be nothing appropriate on the desk for Ricciardo in 2023, biding his time and ready for one thing to emerge for 2024 could possibly be the very best wager.
The issue, nevertheless, is there are not any ensures – as a result of he isn’t the one driver who shall be looking for a chance, and regardless of his repute for being the most effective racers he has misplaced a few of his lustre at McLaren.
If he’s to take a break on the finish of this yr, a powerful finish to the marketing campaign, being proper on the tempo of team-mate Lando Norris and matching his outcomes over the ultimate six races, would do Ricciardo’s inventory an influence of fine.
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