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Daniel Ricciardo: Mercedes and Red Bull in talks with outgoing McLaren driver over reserve role for 2023, says Toto Wolff

Daniel Ricciardo does not have an F1 seat for next season after his contract with McLaren was terminated a year early after a disappointing second campaign with the team; Mercedes and Red Bull appear to be the most likely landing spots for the Aussie as reserve driver in 2023.

Last update: 07/11/22 10:11 am


Daniel Ricciardo will remain in F1 as reserve driver next season

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says “great character” Daniel Ricciardo is in talks with both his team and Red Bull about a reserve driver spot for 2023.

Ricciardo is without a seat for next season, and the Australian will leave McLaren after his contract was terminated a year earlier following a disappointing second campaign with the British team.

Ricciardo was linked with several seats with teams expected to be at the back of the grid, but has hinted that he prefers the prospect of joining a leader as a reserve driver, with a view to sealing a return to a strong car in 2024.

“I think Daniel is talking to some teams about a potential role, also Red Bull,” Wolff said when asked about Ricciardo ahead of the Mexico City Grand Prix.

“For us, we like him a lot, he’s a great character, but we’re not in a position yet as to who our third driver will be.”

Ricciardo shares his plans and goals for the future after finishing seventh at the Mexico City GP.

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Ricciardo shares his plans and goals for the future after finishing seventh at the Mexico City GP.

Ricciardo shares his plans and goals for the future after finishing seventh at the Mexico City GP.

The 33-year-old has been through a tough time since his departure from Red Bull in 2018, where he claimed seven of his eight career wins over five years with the team.

He spent two largely unsuccessful seasons with Renault before switching to McLaren, where he has been consistently outperformed by team-mate Lando Norris, despite taking the team’s only win since 2012 at last year’s Italian GP.

While his value as a driver has certainly waned at McLaren, Ricciardo’s larger-than-life personality has established him as one of the most popular individuals in the sport, increasing his value as a backup option for potential suitors.

Jenson Button believes that people forget what a great driver Ricciardo is and feel he should move down to a lower-ranked team, rather than take a year out of Formula One.

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Jenson Button believes that people forget what a great driver Ricciardo is and feel he should move down to a lower-ranked team, rather than take a year out of Formula One.

Jenson Button believes that people forget what a great driver Ricciardo is and feel he should move down to a lower-ranked team, rather than take a year out of Formula One.

Asked what Ricciardo could bring to Mercedes, Wolff said: “Personality, and it’s been around for a long time.”

“He knows these cars inside out, so that could be really advantageous.

“But I don’t want to put out any rumors because we haven’t decided.”

Ricciardo offered a reminder of his talent by securing a brilliant seventh place in Mexico, despite receiving a 10-second penalty for causing a collision with AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda.

Ricciardo eventually completed the overtaking of Alfa Romeo's Zhou Guanyu, while Lance Stroll and Pierre Gasly collided on the same straight.

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Ricciardo eventually completed the overtaking of Alfa Romeo’s Zhou Guanyu, while Lance Stroll and Pierre Gasly collided on the same straight.

Ricciardo eventually completed the overtaking of Alfa Romeo’s Zhou Guanyu, while Lance Stroll and Pierre Gasly collided on the same straight.

speaking to sky sports f1 after the race, he reiterated his expectation of not having a seat next season.

“I can say with confidence that I will not be on the grid behind a steering wheel. [next year]Ricciardo said.

“But I still want to be in the sport and I want to work with a team that still has the ambition to be back on the grid in 2024.

“I feel like a little bit of time away from a race seat will do me good, and then I’ll try to rebuild something for 2024.”

“I’m not done, but it will look a little different.”

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