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Ricciardo returns to F1 action in Nashville

The Australian driver has been recovering from a broken wrist, which has kept him out of action since late August

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Daniel Ricciardo was able to get back into the cockpit of a Formula 1 car in front of 30,000 fans in Nashville, as he’s expected to make his return to racing at the United States Grand Prix in Austin. 

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Daniel Ricciardo in the RB7 on the streets of Nashville. Credit: formula1.com

Ricciardo started the 2023 season as Red Bull’s reserve driver. However, after the decision was made to part ways with Nyck De Vries at AlphaTauri, the Aussie would be given the opportunity to replace him from the Hungarian Grand Prix onwards.

Despite Ricciardo being back in F1, his return to action would be put on hold after he suffered a broken metacarpal in his left-hand during Practice Two at Zandvoort. Therefore, this would lead to him being out of the Dutch Grand Prix, with Liam Lawson coming in as a short-term replacement.

Over the next four Grand Prix weekends, Lawson would keep racing for AlphaTauri whilst Ricciardo continued with his recovery after having surgery. However, with the United States Grand Prix up next on the calendar, the eight-time race winner is set to return to action.

Ricciardo back in a Red Bull car

With Ricciardo set to return to racing in Texas next weekend, the 34-year-old entertained a crowd of 30,000 people as he drove the streets of the Lower Broadway area of Nashville, Tennessee in the Red Bull’s RB7.

This was the first time Ricciardo has been seen driving an F1 car since breaking his wrist in late August. The Australian put on a spectacular show as impressed fans with a series of demo runs and donuts.

Speaking to formula1.com, Ricciardo spoke about the event being a wild experience, as he loved putting on a show for everyone that came out to watch.

“Driving here in Nashville on Broadway was pretty wild. Broadway is normally wild in itself but especially today! It was cool to put on a show for everyone.”

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