Daniel Ricciardo – In a surprising turn of events, Daniel Ricciardo has made his comeback to Formula One, taking the place of Nyck de Vries at Red Bull’s sister team, AlphaTauri, for the remainder of the season. Ricciardo, who took a hiatus from racing this year while serving as Red Bull’s third driver, will make his return to the grid at the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 23.
In an interview with ESPN last month
In an interview with ESPN last month, the eight-time race winner expressed his desire for a “fairytale” ending to his F1 career, which would involve a return to the Red Bull team he left in 2018. While a stint with the junior team may not fulfill that dream immediately, it puts Ricciardo in contention for a future opportunity and increases the pressure on Sergio Perez, who has been struggling to find his form at Red Bull.
Ricciardo is willing to drive for AlphaTauri
Sources close to the matter have informed ESPN that Ricciardo is willing to drive for AlphaTauri for as long as necessary to prove that he has overcome the challenges he faced during his time at McLaren in 2021 and 2022. The news of Ricciardo’s return was officially confirmed on Tuesday while he was conducting a tire test for Red Bull at Silverstone. Red Bull attributed the decision to his strong performance during the session.
expressed his satisfaction with Ricciardo’s progress
Daniel Ricciardo – Christian Horner, the team principal of Red Bull, expressed his satisfaction with Ricciardo’s progress, stating, “It is great to see Daniel hasn’t lost any of his form during his time away from racing. The improvements he has made in his sim sessions have clearly translated onto the track. His lap times during the tire test were extremely competitive. It was an impressive drive, and we are excited to see what the rest of the season holds for Daniel while he is on loan at Scuderia AlphaTauri.”
De Vries’ departure from AlphaTauri
De Vries’ departure from AlphaTauri was anticipated for some time due to his significant struggles and the public criticism from Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko. Marko had previously expressed doubts about whether De Vries was the right fit for the company’s F1 program.
level of performance in 2023.
Daniel Ricciardo – De Vries, who previously won titles in Formula 2 and Formula E, secured a contract for this season based on his outstanding F1 debut with Williams at the Italian Grand Prix last year, where he stood in for the unwell Alex Albon and scored points. However, he has been unable to replicate that level of performance in 2023.
Ricciardo’s return to AlphaTauri
Ricciardo’s return to AlphaTauri brings him back to the team he raced for in 2012 and 2013 when it was known as Toro Rosso. His impressive performances during that period led to a promotion to Red Bull for the 2014 season, where he enjoyed a breakout year, claiming three F1 victories.