Ricciardo demands special condition at Red Bull

Daniel Ricciardo is moving on in Formula 1 after leaving the McLaren racing team. The Australian is returning to the successful Red Bull team, where he once celebrated his greatest successes. As a reserve driver, he will join them behind Max Verstappen and Sergio Pérez, but only on one condition…

Red Bull are pleased to have gained such an experienced and popular Formula 1 driver as Daniel Ricciardo as a reserve driver, especially since the tenure of Sergio Perez is looking to be on seriously shaky ground with recently discovered falling out with Verstappen. READ MORE ON THIS STORY

The 33-year-old should not only have sporting relevance for the Red Bulls from 2023, Ricciardo will also be in demand as a brand ambassador for the team and parent company.



“Daniel will give us the opportunity to diversify by supporting us in the development of the car and helping the team with his experience and knowledge of what it takes to be successful in Formula One,” is how team boss Christian Horner justified the decision most recently.



Ricciardo originally had a contract with McLaren until the end of 2023, but due to the ultimately disappointing cooperation, both sides agreed on an early termination at the end of this season. The veteran will be replaced by motorsport talent Oscar Piastri in the McLaren cockpit



Daniel Ricciardo recovery

For Ricciardo, meanwhile, the year on the bench at Red Bull offers the opportunity to recommend himself for a cockpit in 2024 in the regular drivers’ circle. It might also be tempting to be able to race in the Red Bull again if Max Verstappen or Sergio Pérez retire.

The eight-time Grand Prix winner had his best time in the pinnacle between 2014 and 2018 when he worked for Red Bull.


However, Daniel Ricciardo has made it clear at the same time that he will only sign on with Red Bull on one specific condition: the “Honey Badger” does not plan to be present at every race in 2023. “It will certainly not be 24 races. Otherwise, I could have stayed in the driver’s seat. I’ve made it clear that I need time off,” he told Sky after the final race of the season.

The last few years had scarred him, Ricciardo confessed. “That’s why I wanted more time. I want to find a part of myself again.”

However, if Perez does indeed move on from Red Bull Racing early, Ricciardo will no doubt leap at the opportunity at taking away the Mexican’s race seat in what is the best F1 car for the foreseeable future.




2 responses to “Ricciardo demands special condition at Red Bull

  1. What makes Ricciardo think that he’s in a position to demand special treatment at Red Bull? If it wasn’t for them rescuing him from the F1 dole queue, he’d have all the time he wanted to do what he wanted. As long as you are getting paid by Red Bull, they tell you what to do, not the other way around. He hasn’t exactly got a couple of World titles to help him call the shots! Personally, he’s not got a hope of a first one, let alone multiple titles. Egotistical little squirt!! 🤬

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.