Daniel Ricciardo admits he won’t be on the Formula 1 grid next year | McLaren driver aims for 2024 return
Daniel Ricciardo is not expected to be on the Formula 1 grid in 2023 but is aiming for a return in 2024. Oscar Piastri will replace Ricciardo at McLaren next season. Watch the Japanese GP live on Sky Sports F1 on Sunday from 6am, with a ramp up from 4.30am.
By Amar Mehta
Last update: 08/10/22 14:24
Daniel Ricciardo has confirmed he does not expect to be on the Formula 1 grid next year and is targeting a return to the sport in 2024.
The Australian is currently at McLaren, but the manufacturer announced in September that he would be replaced by Oscar Piastri next season.
Ricciardo’s options to drive elsewhere were limited before it was announced on Saturday that Pierre Gasly will move to Alpine and Nyck de Vries will ride with AlphaTauri.
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There are only two places left on the 2023 grid – one at Williams and the other at Haas.
Ricciardo has admitted he will seek a seat in 2024.
“To be honest, the Gasly news I was aware of, I knew they had been talking about for a while and I knew they were very interested in Pierre,” he said, shortly after his 11th qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday.
“Let’s say I was prepared for this and unsurprisingly, so we were trying to, let’s say, navigate our way around this and figure out what was next.
“But I think the reality now is that I won’t be on the grid in 2023, I think he’s now just trying to prepare for 24.
“I think there could be better opportunities then, that’s really what all of this confirms and now where the goals are set.”
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“Like taking a break for a bit”
Ricciardo, 33, has been linked with a reserve driver role at Mercedes and has revealed he intends to stay in F1 instead of seeking racing places elsewhere.
“Certainly the plan is still to be involved in F1,” he added.
“It’s a bit like taking a break for a little while, from what I see – and let’s say as far as my F1 career is concerned, the intention is (to drive) for 24.
“Of course, it could open up opportunities to maybe do some of these things, but if I feel like it’s going to deviate from my goal, I’ll still say it’s not really what I’m looking for.
F1 contracts: Who drives where in 2023?
|Red Bull||Max Verstappen||Sergio Perez|
|Ferrari||Charles Leclerc||carlos sainz|
|mercedes||Lewis Hamilton||george russell|
|Alpine||Esteban Ocon||Pierre Gasly|
|McLaren||Lando Norris||Oscar Piastri|
|Alfa Romeo||Valtteri Bottas||Zhou Guanyu|
|Haas||Kevin Magnussen||To confirm|
|Aston Martin||Fernando Alonso||Spear Stroll|
|Alpha Tauri||Yuki Tsunoda||To confirm|
|williams||Alex Albon||To confirm|
“As fun or cool as it may seem to compete in something else, the truth is, mentally, I’m not quite there yet.
“I would probably use that instead of trying to jump into something else and stay busy in a different category. I would say pretty convincingly it wouldn’t happen anywhere else.”
Ricciardo has been a constant presence in F1 since his debut for the now defunct Hispania Racing at the 2011 British Grand Prix, before racing for Toro Rosso, Red Bull and Renault before joining McLaren in 2021.
Watch Max Verstappen attempt to seal his second World Championship live on Sky Sports F1 on Sunday. The Japanese GP starts at 6 a.m., with a ramp-up from 4:30 a.m.