At first of September, Piastri was formally confirmed as Ricciardo’s alternative after McLaren received their battle with Alpine for his companies, with the FIA’s Contract Recognition Board ruling that McLaren have a sound contract with Piastri for 2023 and 2024.
The decision got here after a long-running dispute over Piastri’s F1 future, with the Australian rejecting Alpine’s announcement that he would drive for them in F1 2023.
It was all began by Fernando Alonso’s shock change to Aston Martin following Sebastian Vettel’s retirement.
With Piastri changing Ricciardo, this has left the veteran Australian with out a drive.
After the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Purple Bull introduced Ricciardo’s return to the group as their third driver.
In an interview with the Australian Grand Prix’s Within the Quick Lane podcast, Ricciardo defined why he determined to speak to Piastri shortly after he was formally confirmed at McLaren.
“I positively felt for him. And look, don’t get me fallacious, in fact my profession was sort of in a manner going tits-up, so I used to be definitely very occupied with myself and making an attempt to determine what the hell I used to be going to do, however on the similar time I used to be conscious of a few of the feedback and stuff that have been going in direction of him,” Ricciardo mentioned.
“I felt for him I feel for a number of causes. One is that it must be the most important second of your life, stepping into Components 1. It’s a dream come true, and if it will possibly’t actually be loved or celebrated, it’s a little bit of a disgrace. And as properly it was simply sort of how the chips fell. He was within the scenario, nevertheless it’s not like he created the scenario. It was only a product of all this stuff occurring after which, okay, he’s the man, and that’s it.”
Ricciardo needed to clear the air with Piastri – and his supervisor, former F1 driver and fellow Aussie, Mark Webber.
“And naturally Mark has a job to do as properly, looking for his driver a seat,” he added. “I get how folks have been like, ‘Oh, , doing that to a different Aussie!’, and blah, blah, blah, however I definitely didn’t view it like that or take it because it sort of appeared perhaps from the surface.
“We have been all simply making an attempt to do the most effective we may. No-one actually is aware of him but in addition to a driver, as a personality — as a person. It’s a bit of harsh that he’s getting some stick when individuals are simply making their very own assumptions. So I felt for him. This must be one of many proudest moments of his profession, not one thing that he’s scared to speak about.”