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Ricciardo hints at 'plan' to return to front of F1 grid beyond 2023

While Daniel Ricciardo looks set to be on the sidelines in 2023, the Australian believes that he can get back to winning ways in the future.

Daniel Ricciardo has revealed that he is putting a "plan in place" in the hope of returning to the front of the F1 pack in the future. The Australian recently ruled out the possibility of being on the grid in 2023, following on from the announcement in August that he and McLaren had mutually agreed to terminate his contract early. While Ricciardo's plans for the year ahead are still not clear, the 33-year-old is keen to stay within Formula 1 and has previously acknowledged that taking a reserve driver role could be an option . Ahead of the United States Grand Prix, Ricciardo has given a further hint at what might lie ahead.

Ricciardo reveals goal to return to winning ways

When asked about his plans for 2023, Ricciardo explained that he will not be disappearing from the sport altogether. "You will see me around," the eight-time race winner said. "It's going to look different for me, but there is still very much still a plan in place. "So, it's not that I am checking out and saying 'see you later'; it’s far from that. "I'm just putting in a plan to honestly try to get me back to the front of the grid and win races and do all the stuff I know I can do."

What can Ricciardo achieve in final races of 2022?

With only four races remaining in the 2022 season, Ricciardo is determined to enjoy the final Grands Prix of the year and hopes to carry on the form he displayed last time out in Japan. "I feel like… I think even Japan was a relatively strong weekend," he stated. "It didn't show on paper, but there were a lot of good things that I think we found that came from the weekend, personally. "I'm excited for the last four [Grands Prix], I mean I'm excited for this track. I find that I always get two-tenths extra here just being in Texas. "So, let's see. But [I'm] happy, excited, pumped, motivated, fired up."

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