WA Components One star Daniel Ricciardo says he nonetheless has the starvation to drive on the high however is “at peace” if he’s pressured to take a seat on the sidelines in 2023.
Ricciardo and McLaren made worldwide headlines final month after they agreed to half methods with one 12 months left on a three-year deal, leaving him and not using a seat on the grid for subsequent season.
He mentioned he doesn’t know what was subsequent, however was not “holding something again” as he pushes to maintain his Components One profession alive.
“I truthfully don’t know (what’s subsequent). I’ve a way of what may very well be and attempting to make a plan for that however nothing is signed for subsequent 12 months. I don’t have a contract,” Ricciardo informed Information Corp.
“It’s actually two situations. I get a contract with a group that feels proper for me and all of it is smart or I sit on the sidelines for a 12 months after which work in the direction of 2024.
“I’m at peace with regardless of the final result is.”
Ricciardo sits 14th within the drivers’ championship on simply 19 factors with six races to go, giving him little time to show to different groups that he deserves a spot on their group.
He remained optimistic about his future regardless of all of the uncertainty, saying “it’s all going to make sense”.
“If I’m not meant to be on the grid subsequent 12 months then possibly one thing occurs subsequent 12 months which places me in a good higher place,” Ricciardo mentioned.
“Or possibly I be taught one thing about myself by means of having break day that it will get extra out of me or it builds that starvation or fireplace to a different stage that I didn’t know existed you recognize.
“I’ve been in it for thus lengthy, for thus a few years that it’s exhausting to get time to your self with a schedule and finally reflection time.
“I’m not panicked about possibly not racing subsequent 12 months as a result of possibly another good issues will occur – that’s given me much more ease of the state of affairs.”
Ought to he not get a seat in 2023, Ricciardo has plans to journey Australia.
“There’s something about getting out in nature is sweet for the soul,” he mentioned.
“Little highway journeys and little experiences within the type of being in nature would attraction to me.
“It’s such a unique existence to my Components 1 life and the schedule and the flying and the inns. The distinction of one thing like that will be type of fairly refreshing.”