Daniel Ricciardo’s unsure future in Method 1 stays the new matter of dialog among the many F1 group.
Ricciardo is at the moment with out a spot on the grid for the 2023 season after his McLaren contract was minimize brief by a yr with fellow Australian Oscar Piastri taking his place alongside Lando Norris.
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Piastri shunned Alpine by signing with McLaren, with the saga leaving Method 1 followers on the sting of their seats as they awaited a choice from the Contract Recognition Board.
Because the foolish season chaos unfolded, questions started to encompass simply the place Ricciardo’s future would lie and the place he’d probably find yourself.
A return to Alpine – previously Renault – the place he drove for 2 seasons jumped out as the apparent alternative, nonetheless the French outfit chased and reportedly received their man in Pierre Gasly.
Alfa Romeo, Williams and Haas all have vacant seats for 2023 with Haas staff precept Guenther Steiner reportedly making contact with the Aussie earlier than the mid-season break.
However now a brand new hearsay has taken over the Method 1 group, linking Ricciardo to the powerhouse Mercedes. And the Aussie say’s he’s “open minded” to all choices.
F1 journalist Joe Saward has linked the Aussie to becoming a member of the eight-time champion staff, however not in a everlasting on the grid function. Ricciardo would take over because the staff’s reserve driver.
Mercedes’ seats for 2023 are set in stone with Lewis Hamilton and George Russell proving to be a powerful partnership on the grid.
“Ricciardo’s finest transfer is perhaps to turn out to be reserve driver at Mercedes, to assist construct up his confidence once more,” Saward wrote.
Hamilton’s contract is about to run out on the finish of 2023 with retirement rumours following him for effectively over 12 months now.
Ricciardo proclaimed he was “open minded” when requested about the opportunity of becoming a member of one of many three prime groups in a back-up function.
“I’m fairly open minded with any situation. I believe there’s execs and cons with all of it. There’s execs with having a while off as effectively, at the moment the 18 months I’ve had has been more difficult than not so perhaps a while away can be good,” Ricciardo stated after the Dutch Grand Prix.
“However then additionally staying lively is nice. That’s why I form of need to hear the whole lot. Even when it’s a reserve, I don’t need to be too proud to say I’m too good for that.
“I simply need to hear the whole lot and see what is smart. It may very well be one thing that units me up higher for the long run and subsequent yr could also be a type of years the place I would like a little bit of persistence.”
Ricciardo reiterated nonetheless if a possibility to get again to the entrance of the grid introduced itself, he would take it over some other choice.
“I nonetheless positively have the power to like a challenge. However in fact if there’s this longer challenge, and this one the place you’re going to win tomorrow, in fact I’m going to go for the short wins,” Ricciardo continued.
“They’re issues I’ll positively give some thought to. I don’t additionally need to be cussed or brief sighted and be like, ‘ah no I’m not concerned with that’, I’ll give the whole lot its revered thought.
“From 2017, each two years I’ve been with a distinct staff. I don’t need to simply signal one thing and assume, wait now one thing else is there for 2024. So it’s in all probability not so simple as simply getting someplace on the grid subsequent yr.
“It might probably go in all probability in many alternative instructions so I don’t assume it wants a direct choice. It’s going to be about what’s finest for me.”
The F1 season resumes this weekend with the Italian Grand Prix, with lights out scheduled for 11pm AEST on Sunday.