Aussie System 1 star Daniel Ricciardo has declared that he has no concept if he can be racing subsequent and has admitted to going by way of a ‘troublesome’ and ‘unsure’ interval after being minimize lose by McLaren.
The underperforming 33-year-old’s choices for a race seat subsequent 12 months are drying up quick, along with his solely accessible choices showing to be Alpine, Williams and Haas – or taking a 12 months away from racing with a view to returning in 2024.
Aussie System 1 star Daniel Ricciardo has declared that he has no concept if he can be racing subsequent and has admitted to going by way of a ‘troublesome’ and ‘unsure’ interval after being minimize free by McLaren
The underperforming 33-year-old’s choices for a race seat subsequent 12 months are drying up quick
‘I am not holding something again. I truthfully do not know [what’s next]. I’ve a way of what could possibly be and attempting to make a plan for that however nothing is signed for subsequent 12 months. I haven’t got a contract,’ Ricciardo informed Information Corp.
‘It is actually two eventualities. I get a contract with a staff 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.
‘Proper now it is a troublesome time and there is plenty of uncertainty however possibly in per week’s time or a month’s time it is all going to make sense, so I am actually relaxed with all of that.’
Pink Bull staff boss Christian Horner has suggested Alpine to provide their vacant seat to Ricciardo, claiming that he would pursue the Aussie if he was of their place.
‘I believe I in all probability would (go together with Ricciardo) to be trustworthy with you,’ he stated on the F1: Past The Grid podcast.
Pink Bull staff boss Christian Horner has suggested Alpine to provide their vacant seat to Ricciardo, claiming that he would pursue the Aussie if he was of their place
‘They clearly know him from a few seasons in the past and he was very collectively throughout his final season there, scoring podiums, and I believe he is the kind of man that, I believe you possibly can rebuild him.
‘It is clearly not been an awesome expertise for him (at McLaren) for no matter purpose however you simply need to suppose again to a few of the drives that he did for us, a few of the wins he had, the podiums, a few of the beautiful overtakes he was able to … that is nonetheless in there I am positive, he simply wants a little bit of a reset.
‘You do not simply overlook the best way to ship so I hope for him he will get one other alternative and will get himself again on the grid for subsequent 12 months.’
Regardless of the end result, the eight-time race winner says he isn’t overly confused in regards to the state of affairs, believing that even when he’s left with out seat for 2023 it might finally be for the better good.
With simply 19 factors from 2022, the Aussie is languishing in 14th on the driving force’s standings – whereas McLaren teammate Lando Norris has scored 88 factors and sits in seventh place
‘If I am not meant to be on the grid subsequent 12 months then possibly one thing occurs subsequent 12 months which places me in a fair higher place,’ he stated.
‘Or possibly I study one thing about myself by way of having time without work that it will get extra out of me or it builds that starvation or hearth to a different degree that I did not know existed.
‘I am not panicked about possibly not racing subsequent 12 months as a result of possibly another good issues will occur – that is given me much more ease of the state of affairs.’
With simply 19 factors within the 2022 drivers championship, the Aussie is languishing in 14th – whereas McLaren teammate Lando Norris has scored 88 factors and sits in seventh.
The extreme drop-off in kind has some questioning if this can be Ricciardo’s ultimate season in System 1.
‘Each staff supervisor could be taking a look at him and everybody, each staff, can be taking a look at him and asking, the place’s the tempo gone? Is it coming again? And that is the massive query mark. We do not know,’ stated 1996 world champion Damon Hill.
Ricciardo says he isn’t overly confused and that sitting out subsequent season may grow to be a great transfer for the Aussie
Ricciardo has revealed that his approach of coping along with his profession setbacks has been to focus solely on components inside his management.
If it seems that he will not be driving anymore he’d prefer to spend extra time in Australia along with his household and see extra of the good outside.
‘There’s something about getting out in nature is nice for the soul,’ he stated.
‘Little highway journeys and little experiences within the type of being in nature would attraction to me.
‘It is such a special existence to my System 1 life and the schedule and the flying and the motels. The distinction of one thing like that may be form of fairly refreshing.’