Daniel Ricciardo will join Red Bull as the third driver for the 2023 season, confirming rumors of a return to his former team.
Speculation over Ricciardo’s future with Red Bull has been circulating for several weeks, with Christian Horner and Helmut Marko hinting at the Australian’s return.
After saying he wouldn’t be on the 2023 F1 grid, Ricciardo insisted on staying in the paddock to some degree for next year.
The 8-time race winner will be tasked with assisting Red Bull with development and simulator work in his new role.
Christian Horner gives his opinion on Ricciardo’s return:
“It’s great to bring Daniel back to the Red Bull family. He has such huge talent and such a brilliant character.
“I know the whole factory is delighted to welcome him home. In his role as test driver and third driver, Daniel will give us the chance to diversify, helping with the development of the car.
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“And help the team with his experience and knowledge of what it takes to be successful in F1.
“We are very happy to work with Daniel again and look forward to all he brings to the team in 2023.”
Daniel Ricciardo is equally excited about his new role:
“The smile says it all, I’m really excited to be returning to Oracle Red Bull Racing as our third driver in 2023.
“I already have so many good memories of my stay here, but the hospitality of Christian, Dr Marko and the whole team is something I sincerely appreciate.
“For me personally, the ability to contribute and be surrounded by the best team in F1 is hugely appealing, while giving me time to recharge and refocus.
“I look forward to being with the team and supporting simulator work, test sessions and business activities. Let’s go!”
It remains unclear if Ricciardo will manage to make a return to the grid in 2024, given that there are no obvious available seats in the top teams.
Either way, Ricciardo will work to maximize his chances of earning another opportunity in Formula 1.
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