- Ricciardo will reportedly drive for AlphaTauri in 2024
- New Zealand star Liam Lawson will miss out
- Piastri makes date with Martin Brundle
Aussie F1 superstar Daniel Ricciardo will reportedly drive for AlphaTauri in 2024 despite impressive performances from emerging New Zealand talent Liam Lawson.
Replaced by Oscar Piastri at McLaren, Ricciardo returned to Red Bull as reserve driver this season after failing to secure a seat for the 2023 season.
The Aussie eventually returned to the grid last month, replacing Nyck De Vries at AlphaTauri, Red Bull’s sister team.
The eight-time GP winner went on to race in Hungary and Belgium before fracturing his hand in seven places in a crash during free practice at the Dutch GP.
Lawson has been praised for his performances as Ricciardo’s replacement – even scoring points in just his third race at the Singapore GP earlier in the week.
Daniel Ricciardo will reportedly drive for AlphaTauri in 2024 despite pressure from emerging Kiwi star Liam Lawson
The eight-time GP winner returned to the grid last month but has been sidelined with injury
However, according to German motorsport reporter Tobi Gruner, AlphaTauri has decided to stick with Ricciardo and embattled driver Yuki Tsunoda for their 2024 season – meaning Lawson will miss out.
Gruner took to X to tell his followers that Tsunoda has re-signed with AlphaTauri, and the announcement will be made at his home Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka later this week.
The contract extension for Ricciardo is expected to be made public afterwards.
‘We expect Yuki Tsunoda to be confirmed for 2024 this week at Suzuka. Ricciardo’s announcement will follow later,’ Gruner wrote.
Meanwhile, Oscar Piastri has offered to reschedule an interview with Martin Brundle after the Sky pundit blanked him mid-chat at the Singapore Grand Prix.
Brundle earned the ire of Aussie racing fans after he began interviewing Piastri before suddenly focusing his attention elsewhere.
‘Oscar, bad luck in qualifying, you’ve got some work to do in the race,’ Brundle began.
‘Yeah, we’ll try our best and see if we can…’ Piastri replied before Brundle ignored him completely to try and grab the attention of Alpine’s Esteban Ocon.
Oscar Piastri has offered to reschedule an interview with Martin Brundle after the pundit blanked him at the Singapore Grand Prix
Brundle has admitted that his snub of the Aussie wasn’t one of his best moments
‘Esteban, Esteban … happy birthday,’ Brundle shouted while Piastri walked off, leaving the commentator with nobody to interview.
Piastri doesn’t hold a grudge, though.
‘Shall we finish that interview in Suzuka, Martin Brundle?’ he wrote on X, before adding: ‘FWIW, I’d have done the same. Happy birthday Esteban Ocon.’
Brundle responded to Piastri, admitting that it wasn’t one of his best grid walk moments.
‘Um, yes sorry about that Oscar, wasn’t my finest grid walk moment in 26 years,’ he said.
‘Just wanted to wish Esteban happy birthday as he strode past, but you were DRS open and full battery and quite rightly dropped me like an Aussie Rules rookie.’