Daniel Ricciardo Set to Return to Red Bull as Third Driver

After his McLaren contract was cut short.

Sports
5,546 Hypes 0 Comments

Back in August, Australian Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo confirmed his plans to leave McLaren after the conclusion of the 2022 season, putting an early to his three-year contract after just two seasons with the team. Following a period of uncertainty, Red Bull chief Helmut Marko has now confirmed that Ricciardo will be re-joining the team he left in 2018 as a reserve driver to Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.

“Ricciardo will be our third driver,” Marko told Sky Sports. “We have so many sponsors, we have to do show runs and the like, so of course he’s one of the most high-profile and best-suited.”

After almost 12 years racing in Formula 1, Ricciardo expressed earlier this month that he’s looking forward to taking some time away from the frontlines to reset, vowing to come back stronger than ever in 2024. As Perez’s current Red Bull contract ends after the 2024 season, his role at the team may be under pressure with Ricciardo’s arrival.

“I want to take the time necessary, keep a little bit of distance to the sport and, let’s say, rebuild myself, but then if something makes sense in ‘24, come back with a vengeance and have some fun, and hopefully race at the front,” Ricciardo said in an interview.

It’s been rumored that Red Bull Junior Team has also been considered for a reserve driver spot next season, though details have yet to be confirmed. Replacing Ricciardo at McLaren will be fellow Aussie, 21-year-old Oscar Piastri who previously served as the reserve driver for the Alpine F1 Team.

Ricciardo has won seven of his eight Grand Prix races with Red Bull, finishing third overall in 2014 and 2016. He later left in 2018 for Renault reportedly due to concerns over being positioned as the second driver behind a young and hungry Max Verstappen.

Elsewhere in sports, Qatar officials ban beer sales at World Cup stadiums.

Read Full Article

What to Read Next

Otani Workshop Presents His Latest Mythical Characters at Perrotin
Art

Otani Workshop Presents His Latest Mythical Characters at Perrotin

On view in Seoul until December 23.

Balenciaga Leaves Twitter and Estée Lauder Acquires Tom Ford in This Week's Top Fashion News
Fashion 

Balenciaga Leaves Twitter and Estée Lauder Acquires Tom Ford in This Week's Top Fashion News

Stay up to date on the latest industry headlines.

norda's Latest Batch Of 001 Drops Gives Runners the Ultimate "Winter Toolkit"
Footwear

norda's Latest Batch Of 001 Drops Gives Runners the Ultimate "Winter Toolkit"

Featuring details like thermoregulating graphene membranes and carbide traction spikes.

Off-White™ Updates Victorinox’s Signature Swiss Army Knife
Design

Off-White™ Updates Victorinox’s Signature Swiss Army Knife

Limited to 3,000 pieces.

Nike Air Max 1 "Ugly Duckling" Gets Dressed With a "Pecan/Yellow Ochre" Scheme
Footwear

Nike Air Max 1 "Ugly Duckling" Gets Dressed With a "Pecan/Yellow Ochre" Scheme

The Swoosh is closing out the model’s 35th anniversary with an earthy colorway.


JELEEL! and Denzel Curry Raise the Volume with "SHOTS!"
Music

JELEEL! and Denzel Curry Raise the Volume with "SHOTS!"

The internet-viral rapper elevates his energetic sound in a new single and music video.

Vans Celebrates 30 Years of the Skate Half Cab With Atlas Collaboration
Footwear

Vans Celebrates 30 Years of the Skate Half Cab With Atlas Collaboration

The record shop-inspired shoe is available in a limited run.

The Most Iconic World Cup Boots of All Time
Sports

The Most Iconic World Cup Boots of All Time

From Pelé to Mbappé and everything in between.

HUXLEY™: From Graphic Novel to Global Entertainment Franchise
Gaming

HUXLEY™: From Graphic Novel to Global Entertainment Franchise

Presented by HUXLEY
A post-apocalyptic story that spans comics, gaming, digital collectibles and film adaption by Marvel film producer Ari Arad.

Chance the Rapper Returns With New Song and Music Video “YAH Know”
Music

Chance the Rapper Returns With New Song and Music Video “YAH Know”

Featuring vocals from Ghanian singer King Promise.

More ▾
 
We got you covered. Don’t miss out on the latest news by signing up for our newsletters.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.