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Ricciardo hasn’t given up on 2023 race seat – EAST AUTO NEWS

Ricciardo hasn’t given up on 2023 race seat


Daniel Ricciardo says he hasn’t given up on making an attempt to safe a race seat in System 1 for 2023, however says he isn’t too proud to take yr out if the proper transfer isn’t accessible to him.

The Australian has had his contract terminated a yr early by McLaren in a transfer that may make him a free agent on the finish of this season and obtain a big pay-off. The one unconfirmed seats at this stage are at Alpine, Alfa Romeo, AlphaTauri, and Williams, though Zhou Guanyu is predicted to be confirmed imminently for one more season at Fred Vasseur’s group.

Towards that backdrop, and with Alpine testing quite a few candidates however understood to not be taken with a return for Ricciardo, the 33-year-old says he has mentally ready himself for what it could be prefer to take a yr out.

“I’ve actually accepted if I’m to not be on the grid subsequent yr, I’m OK with that,” Ricciardo mentioned. “I’ve accepted that I’m not going to do every thing – or my group’s not going to do every thing – simply to place me on the grid if it’s not proper or it doesn’t make sense.

“This has been difficult, and if I’m on the grid I wish to know that it’s a spot that I can take pleasure in it and really feel like I can thrive, like an setting I really feel like I can thrive in. Like I mentioned, I don’t wish to simply bounce in a automotive for the sake of it.

“I’ll attempt to perceive what’s finest for subsequent yr. Not in an over-confident or cocky means, but when it’s not meant to be then I’m completely OK with that, I’m not going to be too proud. We actually haven’t given up on it, however that’s type of the place my head’s at in the meanwhile.”

After exhibiting an improved efficiency at Monza, the place he was working on the head of the midfield till retiring late on, Ricciardo fears that’s unlikely to translate to the following race in Singapore.

“I made a remark through the race that the chicane. the low-speed, it felt like the issues we had in Spa with the low-speed and final chicane (have been nonetheless there), so we nonetheless battle quite a bit there. I believe there’s nonetheless some points that we have now and hopefully we will be taught a little bit bit extra from that.

“I believe we perceive why however I’m undecided that we have now a fast repair. I don’t suppose it’s all downforce. There’s a couple of different issues essentially which might be tough with us.”

Ricciardo hasn’t given up on 2023 race seat – EAST AUTO NEWS
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