Daniel Ricciardo hopes that watching Formula 1 races from the sidelines in 2023 makes him "agitated" as he looks to get back into a competitive seat in the future. The Australian will not be a full-time driver next year after being ousted from McLaren in favour of compatriot Oscar Piastri. Ricciardo will reunite with Max Verstappen at Red Bull after being confirmed as their third driver for 2023 , a role which focuses on test outings, simulator work and commercial activities with the team. Speaking about how he might feel when he watches F1 as a spectator again, Ricciardo said that he wants it to make him feel "hungry" to get back in the car. "That's honestly a feeling which I hope makes me a little bit agitated, hungry and edgy," he told media, including RacingNews365.com . "Then I'll truly know that if my place is back on the grid. "If I'm watching as a fan and not really caring too much, then I also have my answer that my future looks different."
Ricciardo: Break should allow me some time to rebuild myself
The planned 12-month sabbatical will be the longest time out of an F1 car for Ricciardo since prior to his debut year in 2011. Ricciardo says he wants to use the time to "rebuild" himself and comeback more competitively in 2024. He added: "The break allows me some time off to rebuild myself, just to get a year without so many highs and lows [and] something a bit more balanced. "Also, just for me personally, I think it will make me a little more consistent and a little happier."