Daniel Ricciardo believes a break from F1 will do him good next year, before aiming for a return to the grid for 2024.
The Aussie is expected to be out of training for 2023, with only seats available at Haas and Williams now for next year.
Indeed, it’s obvious that Ricciardo doesn’t really want to switch to either and will therefore instead take a sabbatical for 23 months, with a view to his return in 2024 in what he hopes will be a car competitive.
Daniel Ricciardo eyes F1 2024 return
Of course, it was a difficult time for him to McLaren but he is a talented Grand Prix winner and that should give him some bargaining when he looks to return to the grid, with him confirming the plan is to return after a year out.
“[A sabbatical is] something I have certainly valued since the summer break,” Ricciardo told Sky Sports.
“I wanted to give him a few runs and the more time goes by the more I feel like that’s what I need. Even if the opportunities…there’s really nothing in the form of next year!
“Part of it is that I would love the break and need to reset a bit, and part of it is 2024 as well, other things can open up.
“I think there could be better opportunities in 2024, so that’s really what all of this confirms and now where the targets are set. Certainly the plan is still to be involved in F1.
It’s kind of like pausing for a little while, in my opinion, and let’s say that as far as my F1 career is concerned, the full intention is [to be driving] for 2024.
There is obviously an element of risk in this strategy from Ricciardo given that he could find himself out of the sport as he sees fit, but that is the situation he finds himself in and he just hopes something happens. for 2024.
We’re all intrigued to see what he’ll do for 2023, meanwhile, amid speculation he could be a reserve driver for Mercedes.
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