Red Bull have formally confirmed the return of Daniel Ricciardo, 4 years after he left the staff, as their new third driver.
Ricciardo’s comeback was revealed by the staff’s motorsport marketing consultant Helmut Marko through the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend, although staff principal Christian Horner mentioned on Saturday no contract had but been signed. Red Bull confirmed Ricciardo’s return in an announcement the next Wednesday.
In his function as third driver, Ricciardo will participate in testing and simulator work, in addition to advertising actions.
Ricciardo arrived in F1 with Red Bull’s backing in 2011 and was promoted to their important staff in 2014. He left 4 years later after taking seven wins with them.
“It is great to bring Daniel back into the Red Bull family,” mentioned Horner after Ricciardo’s return was made official.
“He has enormous talent and such a brilliant character. I know the whole factory is excited to be welcoming him home.
“In his role as test and third driver, Daniel will give us the chance to diversify, assisting in the development of the car, aiding the team with his experience and knowledge of what it takes to succeed in F1.”
After leaving Red Bull in 2019, Ricciardo spent two years at Renault and two extra at McLaren. Despite a shock win in final yr’s Italian Grand Prix, his spell at McLaren proved a disappointment, and the staff determined to chop his contract brief by a yr.
Ricciardo is “truly excited to be coming back home to Red Bull Racing as their third driver in 2023”.
“I already have so many fond memories of my time here, but the welcome from Christian, Dr Marko and the entire team is something I’m sincerely appreciative of,” he mentioned. “For me personally, the ability to contribute to and be surrounded by the best team in F1 is hugely appealing, whilst also giving me some time to recharge and refocus.”
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