Formula 1: Daniel Ricciardo confirmed as Red Bull reserve driver

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It has been confirmed that Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo will remain in Formula 1.

He returns to constructors’ champions Red Bull as a reserve driver after leaving McLaren for whom he drove this season.

“This may be our worst-kept secret, but the rumors are true – Daniel Ricciardo will return home and join the team as the team’s third driver for 2023,” Red Bull said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Bringing a wealth of experience and character, Daniel will assist the team in testing and simulation work (racing simulator), as well as commercial activity.”

Ricciardo has been replaced at McLaren by fellow countryman and 2021 Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri.

Ricciardo made his Red Bull debut in the 2014 season after spending two years with junior team Toro Rosso (Alpha Tauri since 2020).

He spent five seasons with the team before moving to Renault in 2019 and then McLaren in 2021.

“I’m really excited to come home,” Ricciardo said. “For me personally, the ability to contribute and be surrounded by the best team in F1 is hugely appealing, while giving me time to recharge and refocus.”

“It’s great to bring Daniel back to the Red Bull family. He has such enormous talent and such a brilliant character; I know the whole factory is delighted to welcome him home,” the boss said. team, Christian Horner.

Ricciardo said he is unlikely to attend every GP as he will also be looking to take some time off.

Champion Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez are part of Red Bull’s starting line-up for 2023.

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