Daniel Ricciardo: F1 Break Could Be ‘Blessing In Disguise’

Daniel Ricciardo: F1 Break Could Be 'Blessing In Disguise'
Daniel Ricciardo: F1 Break Could Be 'Blessing In Disguise'

Daniel Ricciardo has all but ruled himself out of an F1 race seat in 2023, and is excited about the opportunities in front of him, with a reserve driver spot potentially being a blessing in disguise.

“I can confidently say I won’t be on the grid, behind a wheel [in 2023].”

“But I still want to be in the sport, I want to be working with a team still with the ambition to be back on the grid in ’24.

“I feel like a bit of time away from a race seat will actually do me good, and then try to rebuild on something for ’24.”

“The way the seasons are it’s pretty relentless, you don’t really get a chance to rebuild.”

“Everyone’s different but I truly believe that will be, let’s say, in a way a blessing in disguise for me … by doing less, I’ll achieve more,” said Ricciardo.

The Australian driver has been heavily linked with the now-vacant reserve driver role at Mercedes, and that speculation increased recently when team boss Toto Wolff was seen wearing Ricciardo’s RIC3 merchandise.

“We very much like him, he’s a great character but we are not in a position yet to decide who is going to do reserve and third driver,” said Wolff.

“It’s good stuff, simple as that,” Ricciardo added. “I gave [Mercedes driver] George [Russell] a sweater and Toto messaged saying he really liked it … so, freebies.”

Currently there is only one open spot on the grid, with Hass, however, Ricciardo has previously confirmed he would prefer a year out of a race seat rather than racing in an uncompetitive car.

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