Daniel Ricciardo’s F1 profession seems to be coming to an finish

  • The 2023 F1 driver lineup is beginning to come into focus as groups signal drivers or zero in on particular targets.
  • It now seems like none of these seats shall be crammed by Daniel Ricciardo, who appears resigned to his destiny.

The music remains to be enjoying in System One’s annual sport of musical chairs, however when it stops, it seems increasingly seemingly that fan favourite Daniel Ricciardo shall be left with no seat.

The 2023 F1 driver lineup solely has three apparent openings left, and as issues stand, Ricciardo is unlikely to fill any of them. Until one thing sudden develops, it now seems like he shall be out of F1 in 2023. And if that occurs, we are going to seemingly by no means see him drive within the collection once more.

Ricciardo even feels like someone who’s beginning to notice his destiny.

“I’ve definitely accepted, if I am to not be on the grid subsequent 12 months, I am okay with that,” Ricciardo mentioned after the Italian Grand Prix, in keeping with Fox Sports activities. “I’ve accepted that I am not going to do every thing, or my [management] crew’s not going to do every thing, simply to place me on the grid if it isn’t proper or it does not make sense.”

Ricciardo later added that he does not “need to simply leap right into a automotive for the sake of it.” And whereas he hasn’t given up, he sounds shut.

“We’ve not definitely given up on [getting a seat],” Ricciardo mentioned. “However that is sort of the place my head’s at, in the mean time.”

Daniel Ricciardo's F1 career appears to be coming to an end
Daniel Ricciardo raced for Renault in 2019 and 2020, now referred to as Alpine.Peter Fox/Getty Photos

Three open seats for subsequent season

Ricciardo’s finest hope for a spot on the grid subsequent season seemed to be a reunion with Alpine, which is dropping Fernando Alonso to Aston Martin and noticed his pure substitute, prospect Oscar Piastri, take Ricciardo’s seat at McLaren.

Early on, Alpine (previously Renault) appeared open to the concept, however in latest weeks it has turned its focus elsewhere.

First, there was Pierre Gasly. In response to Mark Hughes and Scott Mitchell-Malm of The Race, Alpine agreed to purchase out the remaining 12 months of Gasly’s contract with AlphaTauri, opening the door for him to maneuver to the French crew. Nonetheless, that transfer was contingent on the FIA granting American Colton Herta a Tremendous License exemption that’s now unlikely, in keeping with Will Buxton of F1TV.

If Alpine does not land Gasly, it seems the crew will flip to Australian F2 driver and Alpine junior driver Jack Doohan. Buxton tapped him because the “frontrunner,” despite the fact that it is likely to be a 12 months sooner than the crew would have most popular.

Daniel Ricciardo's F1 career appears to be coming to an end
Pierre Gasly chats with crew principal Franz Tost.Peter Fox/Getty Photos

That leaves open seats at simply Williams and Haas. Each groups are at or close to the again of the grid, which could possibly be what Ricciardo meant about in search of scenario and never choosing a automotive simply to have a automotive. Anyway, each groups appear to be leaning elsewhere.

Whereas Haas crew boss Guenther Steiner has insisted that anyone with a Tremendous License is on their radar, latest reviews have pointed to Antonio Giovinazzi or Nico Hulkenberg changing Mick Schumacher. Buxton just lately known as Giovinazzi the favourite, whereas a newer report from ESPN known as Hulkenberg the “main candidate.”

As for Williams, in keeping with Nate Saunders of ESPN, it was one of many groups that reached out to Daniel Ricciardo early on about subsequent season. Nonetheless, they now look like zeroing in on both Nyck de Vries, who impressed everyone in Italy when he crammed in for Alex Albon, or American Logan Sargeant, who’s third within the F2 standings and a member of the Williams Driver Academy.

This could possibly be it for Ricciardo

One rumor that has circulated within the F1 garages is the concept of Ricciardo becoming a member of Mercedes as a reserve driver with an eye fixed to changing Lewis Hamilton if he retires after the 2024 season.

In response to Buxton, the reserve position could possibly be held till 2024. If true, Ricciardo could be dwelling in 2023 and on the sidelines in 2024, and that will imply two full years off the grid. Ricciardo could be 36 then, properly previous his prime.

“The one factor I’ve accepted is I am definitely on the second part of my profession,” Ricciardo instructed Insider. “I have been in F1 now 10, 11 years, and I do not assume I will do one other 10, 11. So I am definitely like over the hill by way of that point.”

Daniel Ricciardo's F1 career appears to be coming to an end
Kevin Magnussen has loved some success this season with Haas after being out of the game in 2021.Dan Mullan/Getty Photos

Commentator and former F1 driver Jolyon Palmer mentioned it will be over for Ricciardo if he steps away for 2 years.

“If Ricciardo goes to spend a 12 months on the seashore subsequent 12 months, after which he’s going to spend a 12 months as reserve driver, he is not going to race once more in System One,” Palmer mentioned on the Italian Grand Prix. “Until there’s some random super-sub look and he occurs to be there together with his helmet, I’ll say there isn’t any probability of coming again into correct, full-time System One.”

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