In the event, Red Bull’s new reserve driver’s search for a job in 2023 has raised his expectations.
What did Ricciardo gain by looking for a 2023 F1 role?
After finally deciding he wanted a reserve driver role in Formula 1, having missed out on a season with McLaren, Daniel Ricciardo said he was warmed up by talks with Mercedes and Red Bull, who eventually signed him.
“After meeting with Red Bull, I really appreciate the time they have given me because they don’t owe me anything. So there was something there, and somehow I felt – perhaps a little surprised, that they seemed to enjoy it as much as I did. [about signing]” Ricciardo told the Australian Grand Prix podcast.
Although Ricciardo has returned to his old team, he has confirmed that it is not the first time he has looked at joining Mercedes. “Even when I was at Red Bull, Mercedes was always the team. [to consider]. They were dominant, a team I looked up to.
“I had some conversations with them earlier in the day, and now to do a few more, it was good. It was nice to be praised by some of the best teams after two years.
Ricciardo drove for Red Bull from 2014 to 2018, winning seven races and finishing third in the championship twice. His subsequent move to Renault and then McLaren resulted in just one win and two more podiums over the next four seasons. His poor performance at McLaren led the team to end his contract with them a year early.
Mahindra Daruvala makes them Formula E backup.
Red Bull junior Jehan Daruvala will be Mahinda’s reserve driver in next year’s Formula E, the first season of the championship’s Gen3 era.
The 24-year-old Indian is a crucial signing for the team, which is owned by India and will make its home debut in Hyderabad next February. Daruvala is expected to combine his FA role with a fourth season in F2 in 2023.
“Being part of the Indian Motorsports team is a dream come true,” said Daruvala. “FE is very competitive, and I am very excited about this new phase of my career. Season nine promises to be very exciting with the new Gen 3 car and I look forward to learning and contributing, especially to car development and supporting the team.
Super Formula reveals the 2023 calendar
The 2023 Super Formula schedule has been announced, reducing from ten races to nine for next season.
Fuji Speedway will host the opening two races on April 8 and 9, followed by the first visit of Suzuka two weeks later. Races at Autopolis (May 21st), Sportland Sugo (June 18th), Fuji (July 16th) and Twin Ring Motegi (August 20th) before the season concludes with a double-header at Suzuka on October 27-29.
The final race of the year will be the Japan Automobile Federation Grand Prix of Japan.
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This day in motorsport
Born today in 1948: Guy Tunmer, who made his only F1 start at the South African Grand Prix in 1975, entered a Lotus 72E for Team Gunston.