Daniel Ricciardo may discover his profession “wrapped up” if it doesn’t work out at Crimson Bull, in keeping with David Coulthard.
After a depressing couple of years at McLaren, Ricciardo returned to his house of Crimson Bull within the hope of not solely giving himself a break mentally but additionally rediscovering the shape that made him probably the most thrilling drivers to observe on the grid.
The Australian opted for the route much less travelled as he contemplated his post-McLaren future, selecting to say no gives of a full-time seat to take up the third driver spot at his former outfit.
Ricciardo has maintained he’s searching for a manner again onto the grid for 2024 and is hoping to make use of time within the Crimson Bull automobile and simulator to refine his abilities.
He might solely be 33 however he has been warned by one other former Crimson Bull man Coulthard that he may discover his F1 profession over ought to he not impress on the Milton Keynes based mostly outfit.
“Daniel is aware of now having had a yr of us seeing his efficiency not being the place all of us knew it might be at McLaren relative to Lando [Norris], it simply didn’t seem like the Daniel of outdated,” Coulthard instructed media together with PlanetF1.com.
“So that is about him attempting to rebuild. He’s acquired an incredible model, he’s acquired a giant legacy with Crimson Bull. He was probably the most thrilling, quick drivers at that interval of his life, he left the household to go off and attempt to make it massive elsewhere, that didn’t work, he’s come again to the household.
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“So if he can get his thoughts again to what it was that was giving him success previously [then] Daniel has a chance to come back again. But when this chance doesn’t present itself, then that’s most likely his grand prix profession wrapped up.”
Ricciardo shouldn’t be the one Crimson Bull driver to have been given an ominous warning by Coulthard with Sergio Perez instructed to not “pull a sickie” now that the Australian is again within the storage.
“After I was within the McLaren, I did 9 years there and I did each check and by no means missed a race even after I felt horrible, even after I was getting out of the automobile and being sick.
“As a result of I knew the minute I let the check driver get within the automobile, it gave him a chance to point out how good he was. So I didn’t let him get within the automobile. He may speak all day lengthy, however he couldn’t put in a lap time. So that you’ve acquired to defend your territory.
“It’s the outdated Jerry Maguire line – this isn’t present pals it’s present enterprise.”
Further reporting by Aron Day