Ricciardo Confirms He Won’t Be On The F1 Grid Next Year And We’re Heartbroken – WTF1

Ricciardo Confirms He Won’t Be On The F1 Grid Next Year And We’re Heartbroken

It’s happening. Daniel Ricciardo has confirmed he won’t be on the F1 grid next year. Although this might not come as a huge surprise, with only two seats available at Haas and Williams next season, it’s still a sad reality.

Ricciardo made his F1 debut in 2011 at the British Grand Prix, and during his time in F1 he raced for HRT, Toro Rosso, Red Bull, Renault and McLaren. However, his time with the papaya team will come to a premature end after his disappointing performances and the team signing Oscar Piastri for next year.

Speaking about his career possibilities, Ricciardo still seems in high spirits about coming back to the grid in 2024.

“I knew they [Gasly and Alpine] were talking for a while, I knew they were interested in Pierre,” he told media including The Race after Japan qualifying. “I was prepared for that, and no surprise. We were trying to, let’s say navigate our way around that and figure out what was next.

“But I think the reality is now I won’t be on the grid in 2023. I think it’s now just trying to set up for 2024.

“I think there could be some better opportunities then. So that’s really what all this confirms, and now where the sights are set.”

The 33-year-old said he’d be happy to take on a reserve role with a team, something that has come up in conversation before now. Mercedes is a team the Honey Badger was linked to last month, which might also work out well now as one of their current reserves, Nyck de Vries, has just been signed to race with AlphaTauri in 2023.

It’s certainly going to feel strange not having him on the grid next year, as he has such a huge personality and is a BIG fan favourite. I mean, come on, everyone has a soft spot for Daniel Ricciardo. Right?

We’ll have to wait a little while longer to see what his plans are for 2023, but for now, we’re just manifesting his F1 return after a sabbatical year.

We all need DR in our lives 🧡

25 thoughts on “Ricciardo Confirms He Won’t Be On The F1 Grid Next Year And We’re Heartbroken

      • Why not? Mercs are still scoring points and pushing towards the top of the grid again after a shaky start. Heck, sign me up!

        • Haifisch7734 says:

          But Daniel left RB because he didn’t want to be second driver. Also, I don’t see why Mercedes would choose him, after seeing that Daniel has problems with adapting to new cars. He’s 33 now, Lewis will not retire after this year and probably after next year, so Ricciardo would be like 35-37 years old when seat is available. Mercedes would rather choose young driver than old, who had his last good ride in 2018 and 2020.

    • Men of Low Moral Fiber says:

      Why not go after a younger and probably superior talent like Lando or Charles when Lewis leaves which probably won’t be anytime soon.

  • The Mercedes seat that Hamilton is currently occupying will become available if not by the end of the season, over the winter. Hamilton is damaging the branding of Mercedes with negative commentary, poor judgements, and silly mistakes. He is being consistently beaten by his significantly cheaper team mate, making it hard to justify his costs.
    Daniel will and always has, generated good marketing for whoever he’s been with. Its the save that the silver arrows need, Hamilton and Toto will depart very soon after each other from the team, let’s hope its soon!

  • Ragnar Bezerker says:

    I’ll be taking 2023 off as well. With no Australians on the grid in 2023 I won’t be going to bed at 2.30 am on a Monday morning. Having a bit more sleep for a year won’t hurt.

  • Hamilton has said he wants to race for another 5 years and I think he will as he is close with Toto and of course he is the most complete driver on the grid withe most winning and competing experience.

    • Richard Jackson says:

      Regular race wins at Red Bull.
      High demand.

      Looked to be turning things around at Renault.
      Medium demand.

      Moved to McLaren abruptly and labelled himself as a flight risk. Quickly shown up by teammate Lando and struggled with a car that didn’t suit his style.
      Low demand/high risk.

  • He’s done, there’s too much young talent to be developed. You just can’t bounce around the way he’s doing, there’s no place else for him to run. Sorry for Haas though would’ve done wonders for that team.

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