F1: Would Ricciardo be put in the little Red Bull?

Daniel Ricciardo left McLaren at the end of 2022, with the Woking team – apart from the victory in Monza – he only struggled, so by mutual agreement they said goodbye to each other before the end of his contract.

The Australian driver found refuge with his old team, Red Bull, and was signed as the third driver, alongside Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez. Ricciardo has many PR tasks in this position, but he also drives in the simulator, and he will also drive the RB19 in the Silverstone tire test following the British Grand Prix in July.

However, based on the latest news, many believe that the 33-year-old driver can compete already this year, as he recently visited AlphaTauri’s headquarters in Faenza for a seat test. According to the theory, Ricciardo could be replaced by the newcomer, Nyck de Vries, who has not performed very well so far.

Ricciardo 1 may return to Formula 1 in an unexpected place

De Vries is really not great, but it would be strange if Ricciardo were to be replaced by the rookie in the training team (Photo: Getty Images)

At the same time, it is worth adding that Ricciardo is also the official reserve of Red Bull Racing and the smaller Red Bull team at some rounds, so there is nothing extraordinary about the seat test, several major motorsport websites note, ESPN directly writes about it, according to their own sources, if de Vries they would decide to replace him, not Ricciardo, but their youngster, Liam Lawson, who competed in the Japanese Super Formula this year, would put them in the AlphaTauri.

Of course, the Australian wants to compete in Formula 1, he wants to show what he can do in the summer:

“I really enjoy this year, but I think that next year I want to be on the grid again, competing. I think I still have work to do in Formula 1” he said last weekend in Miami to the British Sky Sports.

“I will continue to do the simulator work, and in July I will also get behind the wheel of the car” he referred to the tire test. “I’m sure it will stimulate you, the old feelings will come back. Of course, I try to drive well to remind the team that I can still do it. We’ll see what happens then” – he continued.

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