Ricciardo returns to F1!

It’s official: Daniel Ricciardo go back to the F1 with immediate effect from the next Hungarian GP and replaces nyck devries in Alpha Tauri. Marko Helmutthe strong man of Red Bull In his motorsport programs, he has decided to get the Dutchman out of the car due to the lack of results and the one chosen to occupy his seat is an old acquaintance and lover of the ‘paddock’, a winner of great prizes. He joins “loaned until the end of the 2023 season ″, specifies the team of Milton Keynesafter driving the RB19 this Tuesday in a tire test in Silverstone and make a “very good impression”. “His times have been extremely competitive, we are looking forward to seeing what Daniel can do with the Alpha Tauri until the end of the season”, he advances. Christian HornerRed Bull boss.

In the process of finding relief for DeVries, It is not a lie that Marko was interested in the contractual situation of Alex Palouwho in September can achieve his second title of the IndyCar. However, his current ties to ganassi and McLaren did not facilitate a change to world. The 28-year-old Dutchman’s departure had been seen coming for weeks, because he had not scored a single point with the Faenza car after ten races. Tsunoda, his partner, has two.

De Vries arrived in F1 after an impressive debut as Alban’s replacement at Monza 2022, where he came to points with no championship experience, and had been a reserve driver for several teams linked to Mercedes. That stellar debut put him on the radar of several F1 teams and Alpha Tauri took the lead, but his dream in the Grand Circus ends now. His record does not include a top-10 in the World Cup, but the F2 and Formula E titles do.

As for the Australian, his period of disconnection and detoxification from F1 has been brief: he has only missed a dozen grand prix since his goodbye in Abu Dhabi. ricciardo He has won eight races and shone as a pilot of Red Bull, but ended up in an uncompetitive Renault and then it was he who was not the same again at McLaren. The Woking house terminated the last year of the contract. He still won a memorable race with them, the 2021 Italian GP, ​​which is his last championship win so far.

ricciardo will pilot a Alpha TaurIt is not very competitive, the last car on this grid, but it remains in the orbit of the Red Bull program in case, one day, Marko decides to make changes to the first team as well if Pérez’s results do not convince him. Because make no mistake: if Red Bull has hired three top-level drivers, Verstappen, Czech and Daniel, will go up to the best car to the two fastest. It is also a warning for the Mexican, who has not entered Q3 in the last five classifications. “I’m happy to be back on track with the Red Bull family,” says the smileiest driver in the paddock, now also on the grid. And it’s not a mistake, there are hardly any mentions of the second team from the energy house. The goal is to catch up with that dominant car and become Verstappen’s partner again.

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