Former F1 driver Karun Chandhok is anticipating an “fascinating combat” between Daniel Ricciardo and Sergio Perez for a potential place at Purple Bull in 2024.
With Ricciardo’s multi-year contract at McLaren being terminated early, the Australian was left and not using a seat on the grid for 2023.
He was subsequently introduced as a reserve driver at Purple Bull, which means that he’ll return to the group with whom he achieved most of his success in System 1 between 2014 and 2018.
Whereas Perez is contracted to stay with the squad till the top of 2024, hypothesis has arisen over whether or not Ricciardo can put himself in rivalry for a comeback and pose a menace to Perez’s place.
Nonetheless, Chandhok believes that Ricciardo’s kind may very well be troublesome for Purple Bull to evaluate.
Chandhok: How do Purple Bull consider Ricciardo?
“I am ready to see the way it performs out as a result of the final time Daniel drove a Purple Bull was in 2018, and System 1 automobiles have modified quite a bit,” Chadhok informed Sky Sports activities F1.
“It is like a unique class now. I feel Max [Verstappen] has modified quite a bit, [given] the trajectory he is been on. He is a 25-year-old whose confidence is rising.
“I feel Daniel versus Checo is an fascinating combat for the ’24 seat. How do they consider Daniel? That is what I I am to see as a result of, yeah, they will put them within the [simulator], however it’s not the identical as driving the outdated automobile.
“So will they offer him a go in a check someplace? That is what I might prefer to see, is how do they genuinely consider Daniel Ricciardo in the present day?”
Croft: Ricciardo not the longer term for Purple Bull
Chandhok’s fellow Sky pundit David Croft thinks that Ricciardo and Perez are each robust drivers, however believes that Ricciardo – at 33 years outdated – won’t be the “future” at Purple Bull.
“I feel that they are two very completely different types of driver,” Croft defined.
“They’re each able to profitable races however, to me, they win races in very alternative ways. I hate to say this – I feel Daniel’s a terrific bloke, however he’s not the longer term for Purple Bull, not by any stretch of the creativeness, primarily due to age.
“When Max spoke on the finish of the season and talked about probably stopping on the age of 31, that is a giant revelation to me.
“He is already interested by the time he stops racing. If he is pondering that, then Purple Bull needs to be pondering it too. Personally, I might be attempting to determine someone else to return in [in the future].”