Current McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo discusses his available options to stay in Formula One
During the Dutch Grand Prix weekend, we finally got closure on Oscar Piastri’s future. And with the revelation that the young Australian will be replacing current McLaren driver Ricciardo, the focus shifts to where the fan favourite will be driving next year.
“I don’t also want to be stubborn or short-sighted and be like, ‘ah no I’m not interested in that’, I will give everything its respected thought.”
The eight-time race winner also admitted driving for a team that could put him on the top step quicker rather than opting for a long-term project could sway him. He admitted:
“I still definitely have the ability to love a project. But of course, if there’s this longer project, and this one where you’re going to win tomorrow, of course, I’m going to go for quick wins.”
Considering the teams remaining, that could provide Ricciardo with a drive in 2023. The most recent win for any of them was Pierre Gasly’s victory at the Italian Grand Prix in 2020. Does Ricciardo have any other options?
Further supporting the leaked conversation between himself and Perez. Ricciardo also spoke about the possibility of taking on a reserve driver role in 2023.
In the same interview, he revealed that “there’s pros with having some time off as well, currently the 18 months I’ve had has been more challenging than not, so maybe some time away would be good.” The Australian continues:
“But then, also staying active is good. That’s why I kind of want to hear everything. Even if it’s a reserve, I don’t want to be too proud to say I’m too good for that.”