The news that Sergio Perez was not happy with the environment at Red Bull Racing after the 2022 Formula 1 campaign ended was announced. Fans began to
The news that Sergio Perez was not happy with the environment at Red Bull Racing after the 2022 Formula 1 campaign ended was announced. Fans began to worry about Daniel Ricciardo's future as third driver in the 2023 season. He was a favorite driver within the Austrian team and their doubts about Jalisco, a native Guadalajara resident, became increasingly recurrent.
Through its official website, the red bull team issued an official statement where they announced the event that Helmut Marko announced on the eve of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The team also released details about the occupations the Australian will perform in the second stage of the competition, but didn't mention Max Verstappen or Checo Perez's future.
"This might be our worst kept secret but it is true. Daniel Ricciardo will make his return home to join the team in 2023 as our third driver. Daniel brings a wealth experience and character to the team and will assist with testing and teamwork. simulation, as well as commercial activity", was read in the document released.
Christian Horner, Ricciardo's close friend and chief mechanic, was unsure about the arrival of Ricciardo because his signature hadn't been stamped on the contract. However, he announced that his arrival will not compromise or force the possible departure of the Mexican from the team.
"Daniel's contract is very specific for a specific reason: we have a contract with Checo for the next two years The two drivers (Max Verstappen and Checo Perez) have a good relationship. They have raced well for the team and we have no reason to see that be any different tomorrow or for the duration of their contractual commitment to the team thereafter," he told F1's official media outlet.
Horner's comments showed that there is no question about the Mexican's continuity within the team. However, his words did not provide the certainty that Checo Perez will keep his seat aboard the RB18 for the 2023 season, although in principle Daniel Ricciardo's activities will be focused on planning and team campaigns.
Ricciardo, in this regard, agreed to leave McLaren to return to the ranks that he occupied as a Formula 1 driver. Daniel Ricciardo F1
outlined the main occupation the 33-year old driver will pursue in his second stage as Red Bull's member.
"It's great to bring Daniel back to the Red Bull family. He has enormous talent and such a brilliant character. I know the entire factory is excited to welcome you into his home. In his role as test driver and third driver, Daniel will give us the opportunity to diversify, assisting in the development of the car, helping the team with his experience and knowledge of what it takes to be successful in F1''.