Daniel Ricciardo won’t return to F1 if he takes a sabbatical in 2023, reckons former two-time world champion Mika Hakkinen.
The previous McLaren celebrity informed Edd Straw on The Race F1 Podcast that Ricciardo has been regressing. So a yr off and a scarcity of readability over his future plans places the driving force’s future within the sport doubtful.
“His efficiency has been dropping, he’s not going flat-out there. So persons are undecided with him if he’s fast sufficient. That might make it tough having a yr off and coming again as a result of for those who’re not fast sufficient, there’s all the time some form of clarification, some purpose. And I really feel he’s not giving this data very clearly to media, to followers, to the group. That’s a bit scary. It’s important to know why I’m not capable of maximise my efficiency to the identical degree as my team-mate.”
Speaking about his personal profession, Hakkinen stated that he opted for a sabbatical after the 2001 F1 season and by no means returned to racing after that. He stated:
“I assumed ‘OK, for those who really feel prefer it, I’d respect it, I’ll see what occurs. However I did recognise after three-four months, when the season (2002) began and I used to be in Monaco or wherever I used to be, I used to be positively feeling like ‘no method I needed to return there’. It requires a lot vitality, a lot energy out of your physique and physiologically, a variety of vitality. I knew that method it doesn’t matter if I’ve one yr off, I can’t come again. I already knew that midway via the season that I’m not coming again.”
Ricciardo, who’s competing on the Mexican GP this weekend, is leaving McLaren on the finish of the season.
Daniel Ricciardo’s state of affairs worsened with a scarcity of testing
Mika Hakkinen touched on one other side the place Daniel Ricciardo was up towards it. He stated that within the present period, testing will not be an essential a part of the season.
In Hakkinen’s period, he had limitless testing to enhance the automotive. Ricciardo doesn’t have that privilege and is struggling for that. The Finn stated:
“It’s positively not straightforward. Once I was racing we had a variety of testing, we had been testing these automobiles continually. The automotive was tailored for you, and now the automobiles should not actually tailored for you as a result of you aren’t allowed to do testing. So the engineers need to do a variety of calculations, again within the manufacturing unit to construct the automotive for the approaching season.”
“If the driving force complains through the weekend of some driving stability drawback with the automotive, they’ll change the springs, the aerodynamic, the differential, the braking stability, tyre pressures, however they’re additionally fairly restricted nowadays what you’re allowed to vary.”
“The issues you are able to do are little or no. And for those who do have a driving type which is aggressive within the entry, then you might want to construct the set-up in a method the automotive nonetheless handles properly in mid-corner and exit. However for those who can’t change the geometries of the entrance suspension or rear suspension, it makes your life actually difficult, which means you must adapt for this problem. Adapting your driving type if the automotive doesn’t work, it’s terrible. It’s not enjoyable in any respect but when your teammate can do it, then you are able to do it too.”
It stays to be seen how important Hakkinen’s feedback are, however it seems to be an uphill activity for Ricciardo to make a comeback to the grid after a yr’s absence.