Daniel Ricciardo is trying to take a break from F1 after two disappointing seasons with McLaren. The Australian seems set to return in 2024 after evaluating his choices. The 2023 season would be the first since 2012 that the Australian is not going to be part of the grid.
Ricciardo spoke to Sky Sports activities F1 in regards to the significance of taking a while off and rebuilding. The eight-time GP winner stated:
“I do know the worth of even a summer season break. I do know stepping away simply offers you a distinct perspective. The way in which the seasons are, it is fairly relentless [so] you do not actually get an opportunity to form of rebuild. Everybody’s totally different, however I actually imagine that will likely be a blessing in disguise.”
Daniel Ricciardo joined McLaren in 2021 from Renault and had a tricky time adjusting to the brand new automobile. A win on the 2021 F1 Italian GP is the one nice achievement for the Australian within the two-year tenure with the crew. Ricciardo put in an incredible efficiency final weekend in Mexico, ending inside the highest 10 for simply the sixth time this season.
A seventh-place end for the Australian together with a ninth-place end for teammate Lando Norris meant McLaren closed the hole to Alpine within the constructors’ championship to solely seven factors. McLaren will hope to proceed this nice exhibiting in Brazil and Abu Dhabi and end forward of the French crew within the constructors’ championship.
2023 plans nonetheless undecided for Daniel Ricciardo
With solely two races to go this season, Daniel Ricciardo has nonetheless not but revealed his plans for 2023. Rumors of becoming a member of Pink Bull as a reserve driver for the season have been put to relaxation by Ricciardo, who stated:
“I truthfully do not [know], I am definitely speaking to groups, however I nonetheless need to clearly preserve a foot within the door as I stated for 2024. I am certain seeing the lights exit in race one [in 2023], I’ll have already got that itch, so I’ll need to be again in ’24.”
Ricciardo continues to be in talks with groups with the hope of returning to the grid within the 2024 season or a reserve driver position in 2023. All seats for the 2023 season have been confirmed, with solely Mick Schumacher’s place on the grid unsure. Ricciardo will look to return again in 2024 with a powerful crew and carry out on the highest stage once more.