Ricciardo rejoined Crimson Bull as their third driver for subsequent yr after McLaren dropped him in favour of fellow countryman Oscar Piastri.
It marks Ricciardo’s return to the staff that noticed him win seven grands prix and end third within the drivers’ championship on two events.
Initially, Ricciardo’s function was centred round simulator work and taking part in numerous advertising and marketing occasions, however it appears it’s larger than that.
Chatting with SpeedCafe, Horner revealed that Ricciardo might be Crimson Bull’s reserve driver on weekends Liam Lawson – their major stand-in – is unable to be current as a result of his Tremendous Components commitments.
“Daniel might be attending some races the place, clearly, he might be our reserve driver for these occasions,” Horner stated.
“[Daniel will] in all probability do a little bit of tyre testing for us, not with the Pirelli programme that will get distributed across the groups.
“He’ll be doing a little work within the simulator. So he’ll be doing all of these actions after which, in fact, with the business calls for that we now have from the myriad of sponsors and companions that we now have, significantly with a a lot larger presence within the US the place Daniel is now predominantly primarily based, with three Grands Prix there subsequent yr, he’s gonna have a busy agenda for the season forward.”
Horner can be hopeful that Ricciardo re-discovers his “ardour” for F1.
“Effectively, we had been shocked to see Daniel be out on the general market,” he added. “So for us, having grown up with Crimson Bull, having nurtured him since being a junior, it made sense for us to convey him again into the fold.
“[He’s a driver] with a lot expertise, at such a excessive profile, I believe Daniel had fallen out of affection just a little bit with Components 1. He’s had a few actually powerful seasons, significantly this yr. For him to play a supporting function to the race drivers as our third driver, each right here within the manufacturing facility and at occasions with all business companions we now have as probably the most recognisable faces at the moment in F1, for us – it made lots of sense.
“Hopefully, in that course of, Daniel will rediscover his ardour for Components 1, however we actually haven’t any plans to utilise him apart from in that third driver function, mixed with the business actions that he’ll be performing.”