GRAPHIC CONTENT: Daniel Ricciardo reveals the brutal extent of his hand injury after crashing out during free practice at the Dutch Grand Prix
- Still not behind the wheel yet
- He will miss Singapore Grand prix
- Surgery will leave a large scar
Australia’s F1 AlphaTauri driver Daniel Ricciardo sustained a bad hand injury when he crashed during free practice at the Dutch Grand Prix recently and now he has shown the gory details.
Fresh out of surgery, Ricciardo had previously shown his injured hand in a cast but now has shown the full extent of the damage from the crash.
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The Australian driver was heading into Tarzan corner at the Zandvoort circuit during practice for the Dutch GP when he just ran wide.
With McLaren driver Oscar Piastri already wedged into the barrier following his own crash, Ricciardo had nowhere to go except into the wall himself.
This is just part of the comeback claims Ricciardo after undergoing surgery on his broken hand
The Aussie knew his hand was bad when he climbed from the wreckage holding his wounded wing
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner addressed the severity of Ricciardo’s problems, saying post-surgery, ‘He’s headed off to Barcelona. They may even have a little operation on him tomorrow to tidy up where that break is, it’s quite a clean break.
‘Then of course it’s all about the recuperation and how long that takes. Any normal human being would be 10-12 weeks but we know that these guys aren’t normal.
‘So it will all be about the recovery process – is it going to be three weeks? Will it be a month? Is it six weeks? Nobody really knows.’
It’s almost certain that Ricciardo will miss the upcoming race in Singapore.
The circuit is considered by many drivers as the most physically demanding of the season thanks to its twisty nature and the extreme heat, so this would be a tough race to return in.
In the meantime, Liam Lawson is deputising in Ricciardo’s place for AlphaTauri.
Ricciardo showing the aftermath of surgery where he received 13 stitches
The young Liam Lawson from New Zealand will take the seat of the wounded Aussie in the AlphaTauri car
The Aussie had only just returned to F1 after starting this season without a seat.
After AlphaTauri axed Nyck De Vries, Ricciardo joined AlphaTauri and raced in the Hungarian and British Grand Prixs.
Despite being desperate to return in order to secure a place at a team next season, it is understood that Ricciardo is taking no chances with his recovery.
The Australian only plans to return to the cockpit once fully fit and remains optimistic of a full recovery.
‘Big thanks to everyone who reached out and kept my spirits up. This ain’t a setback, just all part of the comeback,’ he posted.
‘I’m relatively unchanged.’
Ricciardo also showed he hasn’t lost his sense of humour, posting a video on his Insta page of his rehabilitation on an exercise bike singing along to Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Drivers License.’