F1 Mexico Metropolis GP: Daniel Ricciardo on Mercedes reserve function – “my future not relative” to Lewis Hamilton’s resolution | F1

Hamilton, 37, has confirmed that he expects to increase his Mercedes deal past the 2023 season.

Ricciardo, 33, is and not using a seat within the F1 2023 driver line-up after being axed by McLaren and his subsequent step might be a reserve driver function with Mercedes, in line with Sky.

Hamilton’s resolution to race on into 2024 and past is not going to influence Ricciardo’s resolution, the Australian mentioned: “My future shouldn’t be relative to what others do.

“Alternatives will come up after they do. However I’m not banking on anybody doing one thing in order that I can [step in].

“I wish to take the time that’s vital, hold somewhat distance to the game, to rebuild myself.

“If one thing is smart in 2024 I’ll come again with a vengeance, have some enjoyable, and hopefully race on the entrance.”

Hamilton had beforehand urged Ricciardo to not settle for a reserve function and to proceed racing, however the McLaren driver has seen vacancies at Alpine, Haas and Williams come and go.

A reserve function at a significant staff is seen as a ploy to maintain Ricciardo within the combine for a high-profile return to F1 in 2024.

Ricciardo denied that he desires to exchange Hamilton: “The reality is that I would like him to remain within the sport.

“He’s one of many biggest to ever do it.

“Competing with him, going wheel-to-wheel with him, is superior. I want to do extra of that sooner or later. That’s the place it at present lies.”

Ricciardo is at present twelfth within the F1 standings with 29 factors in comparison with teammate Lando Norris’ 109.

He emotionally mentioned “I don’t know the way I’m persevering with” final week after a colorless race in the US.

Now forward of the F1 Mexico Metropolis Grand Prix he mirrored: “Recent off a race, you haven’t debriefed or assessed something.

“I knew from early that it might be a battle. I felt helpless in battle.

“It was regular to really feel how I did.

“A number of days eliminated, coming into this race, I’ve a spring in my step and I’ve one other probability to get it proper.”

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