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Daniel Ricciardo

Ricciardo explains 'nostalgia' returning to old F1 team

The Australian returned to AlphaTauri for the first time since the 2013 season.

Ricciardo Hungary
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Daniel Ricciardo has described the 'nostalgia' that he has experienced returning to his old Formula 1 team at AlphaTauri.

The Australian made his comeback at the Hungarian Grand Prix, replacing the underperforming Nyck de Vries at the Faenza-based squad before the summer break.

It was the first time he has raced with the Red Bull sister team since the 2013 season, when they were known as Toro Rosso, with him making a visit to the factory prior to getting back into the car.

Ricciardo talked about how far they have came in the last decade when speaking to media, including RacingNews365: "The facility has changed a lot in the last 10 years since I was there. So it felt like a new team or a fresh environment.

"But also, 10 years is a long time. That team has changed. I've changed. There's a nice kind of nostalgia going back. But I feel like we both evolved and I'm starting this next phase."

Ricciardo changed perspective

Ricciardo described how the time outside of F1 benefitted his mindset, as he looks to return to a top-flight team in the future.

"After stepping aside from the sport for a little bit, I think I kind of changed my perspective on things," said Ricciardo.

"So, I'm just coming into this without any… ‘Oh, what's it going to be like? Oh, it's going to be a struggle here. it's going to be frustrating’. I'm just happy to have this opportunity.

"I think just getting an opportunity again inside the Red Bull family is something I'm really appreciative of. So that's really where my head's at. Just try and enjoy it."


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