Jolyon Palmer ‘shocked’ Daniel Ricciardo is smiling about potential F1 reserve function : PlanetF1

Jolyon Palmer has questioned why Daniel Ricciardo seems to be comfortable a few rumoured reserve driver function in 2023, after passing up obvious racing choices.

Ricciardo is but to verify his plans for 2023, after McLaren purchased him out of his contract following two years of lacklustre performances alongside Lando Norris.

Ricciardo appeared to have the choice of constructing a swap to a lower-midfield group, reminiscent of Haas or Williams, whereas there additionally seemed to be an choice to interact Alpine in talks to exchange the departing Fernando Alonso.

However Ricciardo seems to have eschewed any open cockpit for 2023, with the one confirmed vacant cockpit being at Haas – a seat Ricciardo has taken no real interest in.

As a substitute, Ricciardo seems eager to take a 12 months off from racing to be able to pursue a reserve driver function with both Mercedes or Crimson Bull, his former group, with Toto Wolff revealing the Australian is at present discussing the place with a couple of outfit.

Showing on the F1 Nation podcast, Palmer appeared as a visitor alongside Damon Hill when the 1996 F1 World Champion recommended Ricciardo had a smile again on his face final day out in Mexico.

“I’m shocked he’s smiling all that a lot about that, to be sincere,” Palmer bluntly mentioned in response.

“Provided that Daniel Ricciardo is the man that’s there racing in the way in which that he did in Mexico, and he’s charging by the sphere and he’s chucking in some lunges. He loves the wheel-to-wheel racing of it. It was so good to see a spring in his step after that Grand Prix and I believe it’d be actually vital to him that he goes out with these subsequent two in that tone as a result of then, whenever you’ve acquired a 12 months on the sidelines, you’ll be able to assume again to that and never your horrible 9 months earlier than.”

Jolyon Palmer: Would a prime group actually put Daniel Ricciardo in a seat?

With Ricciardo’s considering seemingly that he could be positioning himself within the store window as a possible substitute if a seat opened up at one of many main groups, Palmer questioned the logic of it.

“The third driver factor is unusual to me,” he mentioned.

“Are you placing Daniel in if Lewis does all of a sudden retire subsequent 12 months, having received the title? I don’t assume you’re.

“Let’s face it, McLaren aren’t placing him in, Alpine didn’t need him and Mercedes, on the prime finish combating for titles… are they going to need to put him in on the finish of the 2 years that he’s had? I don’t assume so.

“So I believe the way in which that he rebuilds his profession from right here, is to be on the grid and get outcomes. You may’t get outcomes as a 3rd driver, that’s actually irritating factor of it.”

Is Daniel Ricciardo demoralised after two largely poor years?

Each Palmer and Hill agreed that Ricciardo ought to have simply taken the open seat with Haas, if the chance had ever been a authentic one for him, with the previous Renault driver saying that it’s potential Ricciardo simply wanted time away from the reduce and thrust of the game to be able to lick his wounds.

“As a result of I’m not Daniel, I don’t know what’s going on in his head and after, definitely this 12 months, of simply being crushed and barely humbled actually by [Lando] Norris and McLaren within the vibe of the entire group clearly going towards him and so they purchased his contract out early,” he mentioned.

“I do know from my expertise of being dropped mainly by Renault, you understand, it’s slightly bit demoralising. Possibly he’s a bit carried out with it, he needs a little bit of day out and he needs to only calm down for the primary time in over a decade in his profession.

“So, if that’s the case, then possibly a 3rd driver function isn’t dangerous for him. But when he needs to nonetheless show himself and he thinks he can get again on the grid, and he’s nonetheless acquired the vitality to go for it, for me, the choice is a Haas seat or a Williams seat that was till [Logan] Sargent was confirmed.

“Have a look at Alex Albon now. He was in Crimson Bull, he was wanting like the following large factor, had a foul 12 months towards Max [Verstappen, acquired dropped. And now you’d put him in that bracket of a extremely strong midfielder.”

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