The Formula One world has been eagerly awaiting Daniel Ricciardo’s return to the race track after he was sidelined with a fractured hand. Ricciardo, now with AlphaTauri, has given some insight into his recovery process and when fans can expect to see him back in action.
After suffering a complicated hand fracture at Zandvoort, the question of when Daniel Ricciardo will be able to return to Formula One racing remains unanswered. However, the AlphaTauri driver has had a few words to say about his next steps.
Bumpy road to recovery
Daniel Ricciardo’s return to F1 has taken an unexpected turn. After leaving McLaren for AlphaTauri, he had to wait out eleven races as Red Bull’s reserve driver before regaining a regular driver’s role. However, his time at the wheel was short-lived. He made just two appearances, in Italy and Belgium, before a crash during practice for the Dutch Grand Prix left the Australian with a broken hand.
Uncertainty shrouds Ricciardo’s return
The big question now is when Daniel Ricciardo will return to the Formula One grid. Unfortunately, the answer remains elusive. Ricciardo acknowledges the uncertainty surrounding his return, but is determined to work towards it.
In an interview with Australian newspaper Perth Now, Ricciardo gave an update on his recovery. He revealed that his rehabilitation is “continuing to progress”, offering a glimmer of hope to fans eager to see him back in action.
The key milestone in Ricciardo’s return to F1 is his upcoming simulator test. It will be the first real-time assessment of the condition of his hand and will provide crucial insight into his readiness to return to competitive racing.
Ricciardo’s cautious optimism shines through as he describes the upcoming test as his “first attempt” to assess his condition. That assessment will inform his decision making going forward.
While no firm date has been set for Ricciardo’s return, he has expressed his desire to be back “in the next few weeks”. The Australian is eager to get back behind the wheel and make his presence felt on track.
Qatar Grand Prix: a possibility or a long shot?
There had been speculation that Ricciardo could return to the track for the Qatar Grand Prix. However, the imminent start of the weekend’s action at the Losail International Circuit makes that scenario look increasingly unlikely.
Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner echoed this sentiment, describing a Qatar appearance as “more unlikely than likely”. Horner stressed the need for Ricciardo to prioritise his recovery and preparation for the upcoming race in Austin, Texas.
Austin Grand Prix
The eyes of Formula One enthusiasts now turn to the United States Grand Prix weekend, which kicks off on 20 October. It could well provide the backdrop for Daniel Ricciardo’s much-anticipated return to the sport.
As the Australian driver continues his rehabilitation journey, the motorsport world is eagerly awaiting his resurrection and the thrilling battles that lie ahead on the track.
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