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Ricciardo: There is 'some flexibility' on racing competitively in 2023

The Australian is out of a competitive race seat in Formula 1 this year, but believes there is still flexibility on where he can race if he was "really pushing" to do something.

Daniel Ricciardo said there is "some flexibility" on his options to race competitively in 2023, after being ousted from his full-time Formula 1 seat at the end of 2022. The Australian has returned to Red Bull under the third driver role, which sees him putting in sessions in the simulator and driving their show cars. Despite not having a competitive drive elsewhere, Ricciardo believes that there are still possibilities for other racing series if he was "really pushing" on something that Red Bull would give him support. "I would think there would be some flexibility if I was really pushing on something that I really wanted to do, and if it meant Red Bull would get involved, then it's a win-win," Ricciardo told media, including RacingNews365.com .

Ricciardo not looking at 'doing anything competitively'

There was some speculation that Ricciardo would be interested in racing in the Indy 500, however the Australian quickly rubbished any claims that he wanted to race at the high speed oval circuit with an amusing response . Ricciardo confirmed that he is not looking at competing in any other motorsport category competitively, largely due to the expectation that comes with being a 'fan favourite' F1 driver. He continued: "Right now I'm not really looking at doing anything competitively. I kind of also just want that mental time off. Competition is awesome, I really do love it, but it's a lot [of mental strain] as well. I think if I was to step into something else, inevitably there would be a level of expectation. "So I'd want to make sure that I could just have fun with it, because I think that's really what this year is as well, it's a chance for me just to take a bit more of a light-hearted approach on things and an ease off. "I think if I went into something that was going to put a lot of pressure on me, I'm not sure I would actually enjoy it. I don't know if that's really what 2023 is asking for from me. So, for now, [I'm] not really [looking]."

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