Aussie Formulation 1 star Daniel Ricciardo has declared that he has no thought if he will probably be racing subsequent and has admitted to going via a ‘troublesome’ and ‘unsure’ interval after being reduce lose by McLaren.
The underperforming 33-year-old’s choices for a race seat subsequent yr are drying up quick, along with his solely accessible choices showing to be Alpine, Williams and Haas – or taking a yr away from racing with a view to returning in 2024.
Aussie Formulation 1 star Daniel Ricciardo has declared that he has no thought if he will probably be racing subsequent and has admitted to going via a ‘troublesome’ and ‘unsure’ interval after being reduce free by McLaren
The underperforming 33-year-old’s choices for a race seat subsequent yr are drying up quick
‘I am not holding something again. I truthfully do not know [what’s next]. I’ve a way of what could possibly be and making an attempt to make a plan for that however nothing is signed for subsequent yr. I haven’t got a contract,’ Ricciardo informed Information Corp.
‘It is actually two eventualities. I get a contract with a group that feels proper for me and all of it is sensible or I sit on the sidelines for a yr after which work in the direction of 2024.
‘Proper now it is a troublesome time and there is numerous uncertainty however possibly in every week’s time or a month’s time it is all going to make sense, so I am definitely comfy with all of that.’
Regardless of the end result, the eight-time race winner says he’s not overly pressured in regards to the scenario, believing that even when he’s left with out seat for 2023 it could finally be for the better good.
With simply 19 factors from 2022, the Aussie is languishing in 14th on the motive force’s standings – whereas McLaren teammate Lando Norris has scored 88 factors and sits in seventh place
‘If I am not meant to be on the grid subsequent yr then possibly one thing occurs subsequent yr which places me in an excellent higher place,’ he stated.
‘Or possibly I be taught one thing about myself via having time without work that it will get extra out of me or it builds that starvation or hearth to a different stage that I did not know existed.
‘I am not panicked about possibly not racing subsequent yr as a result of possibly another good issues will occur – that is given me much more ease of the scenario.’
With simply 19 factors within the 2022 drivers championship, the Aussie is languishing in 14th – whereas McLaren teammate Lando Norris has scored 88 factors and sits in seventh.
The extreme drop-off in type has some questioning if this will probably be Ricciardo’s remaining season in Formulation 1.
‘Each group supervisor can be him and everybody, each group, will probably be him and asking, the place’s the tempo gone? Is it coming again? And that is the massive query mark. We do not know,’ stated 1996 world champion Damon Hill.
Ricciardo says he’s not overly pressured and that sitting out subsequent season would possibly turn into transfer for the Aussie
Ricciardo has revealed that his approach of coping along with his profession setbacks has been to focus solely on elements inside his management.
If it seems that he will not be driving anymore he’d prefer to spend extra time in Australia along with his household and see extra of the nice outside.
‘There’s something about getting out in nature is sweet for the soul,’ he stated.
‘Little street journeys and little experiences within the type of being in nature would enchantment to me.
‘It is such a distinct existence to my Formulation 1 life and the schedule and the flying and the lodges. The distinction of one thing like that will be sort of fairly refreshing.’