Daniel Ricciardo details come to light after Red Bull move confirmed

Daniel Ricciardo, pictured here with Red Bull boss Christian Horner in 2018.
Daniel Ricciardo with Red Bull boss Christian Horner in 2018. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

Daniel Ricciardo is officially a part of Red Bull again, with the F1 team confirming the Aussie star will take up a reserve role in 2023. Ricciardo was brutally dumped by McLaren for next season in favour of compatriot Oscar Piastri, but the 33-year-old will remain in F1 in 2023.

"This may be our worst kept secret, but the rumours are true," Red Bull said in a statement on Wednesday. "Daniel Ricciardo will return home and re-join the team as our third driver for 2023."

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Ricciardo had been rumoured to be returning to Red Bull for weeks. On Wednesday the team revealed some key details about the role he will fill as a reserve.

"Bringing a wealth of experience and character, Daniel will assist the team with testing and sim (race simulator) work, as well as commercial activity," Red Bull added.

Ricciardo made his debut with Red Bull during the 2014 season after spending two years at junior team Toro Rosso (Alpha Tauri since 2020). He spent five seasons with the team before making a switch to Renault in 2019, then subsequently to McLaren in 2021.

"I'm truly excited to be coming back home," Ricciardo said. "For me personally, the ability to contribute to and be surrounded by the best team in F1 is hugely appealing, whilst also giving me some time to recharge and refocus."

Red Bull boss Christian Horner said: "It is great to bring Daniel back into the Red Bull family. He has enormous talent and such a brilliant character; I know the whole factory is excited to be welcoming him home."

Ricciardo said he is unlikely to attend every Grand Prix in 2023 and is keen to take some time away from F1. Red Bull have back-to-back world champion Max Verstappen and Mexican driver Sergio Perez in their starting line-up for 2023.

“Otherwise, I may as well be on the grid somewhere," Ricciardo said last week. "I made it clear that I need some time off for myself to get away a little bit. But I’ll be around and try to stay involved.”

Daniel Ricciardo, pictured here with Max Verstappen and Christian Horner at Red Bull in 2018.
Daniel Ricciardo with Max Verstappen and Christian Horner at Red Bull in 2018. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

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Speaking after his final race for McLaren at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Ricciardo poured his heart out about some of the difficulties he endured in 2022.

“There were certainly some races where I felt more comfortable," Ricciardo said. "The difficulty, the struggle was what encouraged me and then all of a sudden, a week later, we were back where we were. The inconsistency, the unknown, was what made it so tricky but I am happy to have had a few nice [races] since the summer break.

“It is so easy to get caught up in competition. We devote so much time to it and when it is not going well you can so easily get angry, frustrated and bitter. Get so many negative emotions towards something you truly love.

“Perspective allowed me to maintain happiness and appreciation. You have your days but is a privilege to do what we love – it is such a fun sport. The surroundings, the travel, all the people we meet. Whatever you do in life, gratitude helps you move forward a lot.”

with AAP

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