Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo has verified the place and when of his rumoured Formula 1 test in the 2023 Red Bull RB19 this year. In an interview, Daniel Ricciardo announced that, after the British Grand Prix in July, he would get behind the wheel of the championship-leading vehicle for the first time in a Pirelli tyre test. After a disappointing season with McLaren, Ricciardo rejoined the Red Bull racing team in 2023, albeit as a third driver. Although he did win a race during his tenure with McLaren (in Italy), his overall performance was inadequate, particularly when compared to that of his teammate Lando Norris. After two seasons, the Woking-based team decided to terminate Ricciardo's contract since the results outweighed his few outstanding showings. Oscar Piastri, Ricciardo's countryman and the 2021 Formula 2 champion, has taken over for him.
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Daniel Ricciardo After Leaving McLaren
Since returning to Red Bull, Daniel Ricciardo has made a handful of pit stop appearances at various Grands Prix. As part of an exhibition event, Ricciardo also drove an older Red Bull F1 vehicle across the beaches, boonies, and bridges of Australia's countryside. As part of the 12h Nurburgring event in September, Daniel Ricciardo will demonstrate driving an older F1 vehicle across the famous Nordschleife circuit of the Nurburgring. Nonetheless, he will get the finest chance to showcase his skills behind the wheel of the team's cutting-edge equipment during Silverstone's Pirelli test session.
Daniel Ricciardo AlphaTauri Rumour
Earlier this week, a number of outlets reported that Ricciardo may soon fill a position at AlphaTauri. According to the rumours, Red Bull was not pleased with de Vries' performance when he first joined Yuki Tsunoda in F1. There was speculation that he went to the AlphaTauri headquarters in Faenza for a seat fitting, which further added fuel to the fire of the story. In spite of this, it has been reported that no conversations have taken place between the two sides.
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A seat fitting was done for Ricciardo before the Miami Grand Prix, the report said, but only because Liam Lawson was unable to make it to the event. The Japanese Super Formula Championship is Lawson's primary focus this season, although he is also the reserve driver for Red Bull and AlphaTauri. If de Vries were to be sacked, the New Zealand driver is seen as the most likely replacement.
Ricciardo, meanwhile, has suggested that he plans to return to the grid full-time in 2024, but he will not wear the uniform of a team that is not a contender. Since both Red Bull and Ferrari are already committed to next season, and Lewis Hamilton is widely anticipated to sign an agreement keeping him with Mercedes until at least 2024, his alternatives are restricted.
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