Ricciardo wants “some time off” from racing in 2023

Daniel Ricciardo. Credits: @OsOfficialF1 (Twitter)

Daniel Ricciardo stated that is chasing the reserve driver role for the 2023 season as he wants “some time off” from competitive racing.

Ricciardo will leave McLaren after the 2022 season and will not be on the grid in 2023. Nevertheless, the Australian is still set to be around F1.

On Friday, Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko claimed that Ricciardo will be their third driver next year. The following day, team principal Christian Horner said that the contract had not been signed but hinted that the agreement had been reached.

When asked about the reasons for his decision, Ricciardo replied: “I knew that I wanted some time off next year from a race seat and just from competition.

“It’s obviously been pretty tiring the last couple of years with the struggles, so it was pretty clear to me shortly after the summer break that that was what I wanted, and what was going to be best for me.

“So then it was, ‘Okay. What’s the next best thing?’ And the more I thought about it, to obviously be involved to some degree with a top team, that was obviously the preference.

“But it’s not done. So that’s why I haven’t come out and confirmed it because that’s still the truth: it’s not done. But I can obviously look you in the eye now and say it’s the most likely option at this stage.”

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