Ricciardo open to yr out of F1 to take ‘two steps ahead’ in 2024

Ricciardo will depart McLaren on the finish of the season after agreeing a mutual cut up with one yr remaining on his contract following a tough stint at Woking.

Ricciardo has been clear he’s not trying to rush into any resolution about his future, however stays eager to maintain racing in F1 if the appropriate alternative comes up.

Talking on the Fitzy and Wippa radio present in Australia on Friday, Ricciardo stated he nonetheless didn’t know what his future held, however that he was fastidiously contemplating his choices alongside along with his administration group.

“Once I say I don’t know, I don’t have a contract but for subsequent yr,” stated Ricciardo.

“Might it nonetheless occur? It may. I assume I’m not getting too caught up in subsequent yr. After all I wish to race, I wish to be on the grid, I wish to be competing.

“However I’m not type of seeing subsequent yr as all or nothing. Clearly 2024 is one thing I would like to concentrate on and take a look at.

“In order that’s type of the place I’m like, if it means taking a step again to then take two steps ahead, then that’s what we’re attempting to determine in the meanwhile, me and my group. In order that could possibly be a yr off.”

Ricciardo added that if he did take a yr off, he “would nonetheless very a lot be within the mindset of getting again on the grid for 2024.”

The one present vacant seats for 2023 lie at Alpine, Alfa Romeo, Haas and Williams, though it’s unclear what curiosity there’s from these groups in Ricciardo.

Alpine has set its sights on signing Pierre Gasly, who’s beneath contract at AlphaTauri, which in flip has spoken to Nyck de Vries as a attainable substitute.

De Vries can be topic to curiosity from Alpine, having examined for the group in Hungary this week, in addition to Williams, with whom he made his F1 debut at Monza as a stand-in for Alex Albon.

Alfa Romeo is extensively anticipated to retain Zhou Guanyu after a powerful rookie season, whereas Haas is known to have Antonio Giovinazzi and Nico Hulkenberg excessive on its shortlist for 2023.

Ricciardo has been linked with a possible reserve function at Mercedes for 2023, however Lewis Hamilton stated he thought the Australian was “far too proficient” to not be racing subsequent yr.

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