BREAKING NEWS: Daniel Ricciardo FINALLY confirms his Formula One future as Australian agrees sensational return to Red Bull – where he will be their reserve driver next season
After months of uncertainty, Daniel Ricciardo has finally settled his future with the Australian joining Red Bull as their reserve driver.
Ricciardo’s future has been clouded by uncertainty ever since McLaren terminated the 33-year-old’s contract earlier this year, with the team unimpressed by a series of underwhelming drives this season.
The Australian has remained tight-lipped over his future, but with places on the grid dwindling for 2023, Ricciardo accepted that he may need to take a backseat for 2023.
Sportsmail reported that he had been in negotiations with Mercedes over a reserve driver role, with the team viewing the Australian as a potential successor to Lewis Hamilton.
However, those talks alerted Red Bull and Christian Horner entered the race to re-sign the 33-year-old, who got his big break in F1 with the team before moving onto Renault.
And on Friday, Red Bull chief Helmur Marko confirmed to Sky Sports that Ricciardo will be their third driver for 2023, serving as a back-up to reigning world champion Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.
Curiously, Perez’s deal with Red Bull ends in 2024, so a strong year with the team could pave the way for Ricciardo to win back his old seat.
More to follow.