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Perez: Red Bull in 'very unique position' to have Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo's influence on Red Bull following his return to the squad as a reserve driver has been praised by team boss Christian Horner. Sergio Perez has also given his take on the impact of having the Australian around.

Sergio Perez believes that Red Bull are in a "very unique position" following Daniel Ricciardo's return. After being left without a race seat in 2023 following his exit from McLaren, Ricciardo opted to become a reserve driver for the Milton Keynes-based squad, having previously raced for the team between 2014 and 2018. Ricciardo made his first F1 race weekend appearance of the year at the Australian Grand Prix and – whilst he didn't get behind the wheel – was a visible presence in the Red Bull garage throughout the event. The impact of the Australian's return has been praised by team boss Christian Horner, who suggested that it was a boost to have Ricciardo's "positive energy" around , and Perez has voiced a similar opinion.

Perez on Ricciardo's return

"He's, first of all, someone very positive, someone great to have around," Perez told media, including RacingNews365.com , over the Australian Grand Prix weekend. "He never stops smiling. I think it's great for the team. "We are in a very unique position, to have Daniel around with the amount of experience he has. "He's been doing a very good job for us." Alongside acting as a reserve driver, Ricciardo's role also involves simulator work and commercial activities.

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