Crimson Bull confirms Ricciardo’s return as third driver
Daniel Ricciardo has signed for Crimson Bull as a 3rd driver in 2023, reuniting him together with his former crew.
The eight-time grand prix winner had his McLaren contract terminated one yr early after a troublesome two seasons, leaving him and not using a race seat that him for subsequent season. Eager to have a break from the fixed calls for of every race weekend with the hope of returning F1 stronger in future, Ricciardo has signed a 3rd driver deal at Crimson Bull that can see him perform testing and simulator duties alongside advertising and marketing and business actions.
“The smile says all of it, I’m really excited to be coming again house to Oracle Crimson Bull Racing as their third driver in 2023,” Ricciardo stated. “I have already got so many fond reminiscences of my time right here, however the welcome from Christian (Horner), Dr Marko and all the crew is one thing I’m sincerely appreciative of.
“For me personally, the flexibility to contribute to and be surrounded by the most effective crew in F1 is massively interesting, while additionally giving me a while to recharge and refocus. I can’t wait to be with the crew and help with simulator work, testing classes and business actions. Let’s go!”
Ricciardo final raced for Crimson Bull in 2018 earlier than shifting to Renault, and has solely received as soon as since then when he led house a McLaren one-two on the Italian Grand Prix final yr. Nevertheless, Horner believes he nonetheless possesses the flexibility to be as aggressive as he was previous to his McLaren transfer if he’s given the suitable atmosphere.
“It’s nice to carry Daniel again into the Crimson Bull household,” Horner stated. “He has monumental expertise and such an excellent character; I do know the entire manufacturing unit is worked up to be welcoming him house.
“In his position as check and third driver, Daniel will give us the prospect to diversify, aiding within the improvement of the automobile, aiding the crew together with his expertise and data of what it takes to reach F1. We’re very happy to be working with Daniel once more and look ahead to the whole lot he’ll carry to the crew in 2023.”