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Daniel Ricciardo makes shock F1 return with AlphaTauri

Daniel Ricciardo makes shock F1 return with AlphaTauri


Daniel Ricciardo will make a shock return to System One on the Hungarian Grand Prix every week on Sunday.

The eight-time grand prix winner, who was axed by McLaren on the finish of final yr, will change Nyck de Vries at Pink Bull’s junior workforce AlphaTauri for the remainder of the yr.

Rookie De Vries was employed by AlphaTauri initially of this season however he has been dropped after solely 10 races, paving the best way for Ricciardo’s sudden comeback.

The 34-year-old Ricciardo’s profession all however over after he was deemed surplus to necessities by McLaren following two underwhelming seasons with the British workforce.

Ricciardo didn’t land a seat for the 2023 marketing campaign and as an alternative elected to return to Pink Bull – the workforce at which he gained seven grands prix – as a reserve driver.

Ricciardo bought his first style of this season’s Pink Bull throughout a tyre check at Silverstone on Tuesday – 48 hours after the British Grand Prix during which De Vries completed seventeenth and final.

Given Sergio Perez’s torrid run of kind, which has seen him fall 99 factors adrift of team-mate Max Verstappen on this planet championship, AlphaTauri’s transfer to rent Ricciardo will gas hypothesis that the Australian might land a seat again at Pink Bull.

“I’m stoked to be again on observe with the Pink Bull household,” stated Ricciardo.

AlphaTauri workforce principal Franz Tost stated: “I’m more than happy to welcome Daniel again into the workforce.

“There’s little doubt about his driving talent, and he already is aware of many people, so his integration might be straightforward and simple.

“The workforce may also revenue so much from his expertise, as he’s an eight-time System One grand prix winner.

“I wish to thank Nyck for his invaluable contribution throughout his time with Scuderia AlphaTauri, and I want him all the very best for the long run.”

Ricciardo began his F1 profession with HRT Racing in 2011 earlier than he joined AlphaTauri, then known as Toro Rosso, in 2012. Ricciardo was promoted to Pink Bull two years later – profitable thrice and out-scoring four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel.

The Australian took a shock determination to affix Renault in 2019, however after two years with the French workforce – claiming two podium finishes – he switched to McLaren. Nevertheless, bar victory on the 2021 Italian Grand Prix, Ricciardo underperformed and was changed by countryman Oscar Piastri.

Nevertheless, Ricciardo has been at quite a few races this season and is considered one of many grid’s hottest drivers, significantly in America the place the game is booming because of the success of Netflix’s Drive to Survive sequence.

For De Vries, 28, the writing gave the impression to be on the wall after ruthless Pink Bull motorsport adviser Helmut Marko lately stated Pink Bull workforce principal Christian Horner was proper to have questioned why he was signed.

The Dutch driver crashed on a number of events and failed to attain a single level with a finest end of twelfth on the Monaco Grand Prix in Might.



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