Welcome at RacingNews365

You are logged in. Benefit directly from all the benefits of your account:

  • Share your thoughts and opinions about F1
  • Win fantastic prizes
  • Get access to our premium content
  • Take advantage of more exclusive benefits

Welcome at RacingNews365

Become part of the largest racing community in the United Kingdom. Create your free account now!

  • Share your thoughts and opinions about F1
  • Win fantastic prizes
  • Get access to our premium content
  • Take advantage of more exclusive benefits
Sign in
Daniel Ricciardo

Ricciardo offers thoughts on 2023 plans

With his chances of racing in F1 next year looking increasingly slim, Daniel Ricciardo has accepted he may have to take to the sidelines.

Daniel Ricciardo says he has accepted the possibility of not being on the F1 grid next year, with his options of a race seat seemingly dwindling.

A difficult 2022 for Ricciardo has resulted in McLaren cancelling his contract one year earlier than planned, in order to replace the Australian with compatriot Oscar Piastri for 2023.

Ricciardo had previously stated his intention to remain on the F1 grid in 2023, but possible openings at teams such as Alpine, Haas and Williams seem destined for other drivers.

In recent days, Ricciardo intimated that he would settle for a role as a third driver for 2023 with a view towards returning to a race seat in the future, and speaking after the Italian Grand Prix, the Australian said he was ready to consider an enforced sabbatical next year.

"I've certainly accepted if I'm not to be on the grid next year, I'm okay with that," Ricciardo told media including RacingNews365.com.

"I've accepted that I'm not going to do everything, or my [management] team is not going to do everything just to put me on the grid if it's not right, or it doesn't make sense.

"If I am on the grid, I want to know that it's a place that I can enjoy and feel that like I can thrive in, so I don't want to just jump into a car for the sake of it."

Ricciardo 'will get over' Monza DNF

After lining up fourth on the grid at Monza after penalties for others, Ricciardo endured another disappointing afternoon when his MCL35 ground to a halt with five laps to go.

Despite his failure to finish, the Australian said he would soon get over the Monza race and focus on trying to secure his future.

"Days like this are certainly pretty frustrating, but I think give it 24 or 48 hours and I'll, let's say, get over it and try to understand what's best for next year," said Ricciardo.

"Not in an overconfident or cocky way, but if it's not meant to be then I'm totally okay with that. I'm not going to be too proud.

"We certainly haven't given up on [a race drive in 2023], but that's kind of where my head's at the moment."

Also interesting:

F1 Podcast: Does F1's grid penalty system need revising?

With confusion reigning for several hours over Max Verstappen's starting position for the Italian Grand Prix, does F1's grid penalty system need revising, and should there be a rule preventing races from ending under the Safety Car?

RacingNews365.com F1 journalists Dieter Rencken and Michael Butterworth discuss the key issues from the Italian Grand Prix.

F1 2022 Italian Grand Prix RN365 News dossier

1 comment

x