Horner: Ricciardo had fallen out of affection with Components 1

Horner: Ricciardo had fallen out of love a little bit with F1

Crimson Bull boss Christian Horner believes that falling out of affection with Components 1, was behind Daniel Ricciardo’s decline which was resulted in shedding his McLaren drive.

Daniel Ricciardo’s contract with McLaren was terminated one yr earlier than the unique expiry date, the Australian discovering refuge with Crimson Bull as a 3rd driver, the workforce with whom he received seven of his eight F1 races.

Crimson Bull have double F1 Champion Max Verstappen, and Sergio Perez as its predominant drivers, and there have been hypothesis whether or not Ricciardo might at some point change the latter within the workforce, particularly because the Mexican suffered a droop in kind midseason in 2022, to not point out the friction brought on by workforce order debacle on the 2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix.

Throughout an interview with Speedcafe’s KTM Summer season Grill podcast, Horner was quizzed on the Ricciardo state of affairs, and what having him because the workforce’s third driver meant for the Australian’s future.

“Effectively, we had been stunned to see Daniel be out on the open market,” Horner stated. “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. A driver with a lot expertise and such a excessive profile.

“I feel that Daniel had fallen out of affection a bit bit with Components 1,” the Briton added making an attempt to research the explanation behind Ricciardo’s baffling loss in kind.

“He’s had a few actually powerful seasons, significantly [in 2022],” he defined. “For him to play a supporting position to the race drivers, as our third driver, each again right here within the manufacturing facility and at occasions with all of the industrial companions we have now – as probably the most recognisable faces at the moment in and round Components 1, for us it made quite a lot of sense.”

No plans to make the most of Ricciardo exterior the third driver capability

Regardless of hoping Ricciardo finds his mojo once more and this will get again right into a everlasting F1 seat, Horner insisted his return is not going to be with Crimson Bull.

He stated: “And I hope within the course of, Daniel will rediscover his ardour for Components 1, however we definitely haven’t any plans to utilise him apart from in that third driver position, to mix with the industrial actions that he will probably be performing.

“Daniel will probably be attending some races,” Horner continued. “Clearly, he will probably be our reserve driver for these occasions. He’ll in all probability do some tyre testing for us to assist out with the Pirelli programme that will get distributed across the groups. He will probably be doing a little work within the simulator. So he will probably be doing extra of these actions.

“After which in fact with the industrial calls for that we have now from the myriad of sponsors and companions that we have now, significantly with a a lot greater presence within the US, the place Daniel is now predominantly primarily based, with three Grands Prix there subsequent yr, he’s going to have a busy agenda for the season forward,” the Crimson Bull boss defined.

Daniel Ricciardo beforehand drove for Crimson Bull between 2014 and 2018. He switched to Renault in 2019 and remained their till the top of the 2020 season.

The Honey Badger signed a three-year contract to race with McLaren from 2021 until the top of the 2023, however he was proven the door at Woking after a disappointing efficiency for 2 seasons in a row.

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