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Ricciardo wants to be in F1 “for purpose”

Daniel Ricciardo at the Austrian GP. Credits: @OsOfficialF1 (Twitter).

Daniel Ricciardo stated that he is currently interested in competing in Formula 1 only.

McLaren announced on Wednesday that Ricciardo will leave the team after the 2022 season. Though the Australian had one more year in the contract, the parties had mutually decided to part ways.

“I still love the sport and I think through all of this, I guess you’d call it adversity, I haven’t lost that confidence in myself,” Ricciardo said ahead of the Belgian GP.

“We’ve had some tough weekends, and you can’t help but show emotion sometimes, but I still love it and I still want to do it competitively.

“I want to do it in the right place. I’ve never said that I want to just be a driver to make up the numbers. If I’m here, I want to be here for [a] purpose.

“I don’t know what that means yet for the future, but of course, if it’s the right opportunity then this is where I want to be.”

When asked whether he could take a sabbatical, Ricciardo replied: “If it made sense, yes.

“It’s the only racing I’m interested in, at this stage of my career F1 is what I love, and it’s where I see myself if I’m doing any racing.

“If let’s say the stars don’t align and it doesn’t make perfect sense next year, and if it means taking that time off to kind of reset or re-evaluate, then if that’s the right thing to do, then I’m willing to do it.”

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