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Daniel Ricciardo could return to Alpine in 2023, F1 goes on sabbatical after McLaren sneers

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Daniel Ricciardo sat down with Rachel Brooks to discuss leaving McLaren.

Daniel Ricciardo sat down with Rachel Brooks to discuss leaving McLaren.

Daniel Ricciardo has revealed he is open to a return to Alpine next season if they can provide a ‘competitive’ car, and if a move for 2023 ‘makes no sense’, he will leave Alpine for one. He admitted that he was willing to leave the year.

Ricciardo has suddenly become a well-known free agent in the driver market after Wednesday’s announcement. McLaren will end its three-year deal a year early after constant struggles with its car.

There are currently five other seats available on the 2023 grid, all of them in midfield, with Alpine in a contractual tug-of-war with McLaren over Oscar Piastri, with Alfa Romeo, Haas, AlphaTauri and Williams has a vacant seat further down. field.

In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports F1 Ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix, Ricciardo said he wants to stay in F1, emphasizing his desire for a competitive seat, saying “under the right circumstances” “a lot”.

“I want to go back to winning. I want to go back to fighting for podiums and wins,” said Ricciardo, who has won the race eight times.

Daniel Ricciardo says he's proud of how he tried to make things work at McLaren and admits he wants to stay in F1

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Daniel Ricciardo says he’s proud of how he tried to make things work at McLaren and admits he wants to stay in F1

Daniel Ricciardo says he’s proud of how he tried to make things work at McLaren and admits he wants to stay in F1

“One thing that hasn’t changed for me is that I never wanted to be a driver just to be on the grid.

“Of course, I love this sport and everything that comes with it. But at this point in my career, I’m only thinking about winning.

“Under the right circumstances, under the right opportunity, definitely where I want to be, but obviously not all options may be available.”

Ricciardo’s most competitive choice could be Alpine, the new guise of the Australian Renault team, which has been shaken by a move to arch-rival McLaren in 2020.

Alpine may have the seat vacant in 2023 as it risks losing Piastri to McLaren amid contract disputes.

Asked by Sky F1’s Rachel Brooks about a possible return, Ricciardo said: “Yes. I don’t know what else to say. If it’s true, I would.

Lando Norris says he has learned a lot from Daniel Ricciardo, has a lot of respect for him and doesn't care who his new teammates become as long as he gets to spend time with them. rice field.

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Lando Norris says he has learned a lot from Daniel Ricciardo, has a lot of respect for him and doesn’t care who his new teammates become as long as he gets to spend time with them. rice field.

Lando Norris says he has learned a lot from Daniel Ricciardo, has a lot of respect for him and doesn’t care who his new teammates become as long as he gets to spend time with them. rice field.

Asked if he left the company amicably two years ago, the 33-year-old added:

“It was certainly difficult because we announced [joining McLaren[ before racing had even started in that year. It was Covid and there was a lot going on.

“For sure it was a little bit awkward for a bit, but once we were racing and had the year we had I think everyone saw I was dedicated to make the most of that year.

“We’ll see what feels right, and is right but it’s purely going to be on where I feel I an be the most competitive.”

Fernando Alonso says he wasn't as supported by Alpine due to his age and is very happy to join the Aston Martin project.

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Fernando Alonso says he wasn’t as supported by Alpine due to his age and is very happy to join the Aston Martin project.

Fernando Alonso says he wasn’t as supported by Alpine due to his age and is very happy to join the Aston Martin project.

Ricciardo admitted his phone had been calling “a lot” during the summer break but said: “I don’t want to make rash decisions, I want to get racing then see what feels right once I get the helmet back on.”

“I haven’t signed anything,” he continued. “At this moment, I’m a free man so to speak.”

Ricciardo also explained how he was targeting a team who were competitive immediately.

“When you understand a team a little bit more and if what you see is inspiring and motivating, you can quickly change your thought process [on a long-term project].

“But I’m not going to lie. I want results sooner rather than later. But I’m very open about what the future holds, so I’m going to sit here and shut something down.” there is no.”

Ricciardo accepts one-year break from F1

Earlier on Thursday, Ricciardo made his first media appearance since confirming his departure from McLaren, insisting he only wanted to race “for a purpose”.

“I still love this sport,” Ricardo said emotionally at a press conference on Thursday.

“I still love it and want to do a competitive job, but I want to do it in the right place.” Not once.

“If I’m here, I want to be here for a purpose.”

Max Verstappen says he will never be completely satisfied despite 80 points lead, thinks Red Bull will always do better

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Max Verstappen says he will never be completely satisfied despite 80 points lead, thinks Red Bull will always do better

Max Verstappen says he will never be completely satisfied despite 80 points lead, thinks Red Bull will always do better

Ricciardo has long emphasized his aspirations to become F1 world champion with all of his recent moves from Red Bull to Renault and Renault to McLaren.

He said he was only interested in racing in Formula 1, but would consider a sabbatical if he didn’t find a suitable opportunity.

When asked about his one-year absence, Ricciardo replied, “If that makes sense, then yes.”

“Formula 1 is the only thing that interests me at this stage of my career. Formula 1 is what I love and if I’m racing, that’s where I see myself.”

“But if the stars don’t match and next year is completely meaningless and means taking some time off to reset, then if that’s the right thing to do.”

Ricciardo has ‘points to prove’ in F1 | Piastri’s interest ‘just business’

Ricciardo joined McLaren on a big-name deal with partner Lando Norris for 2021, but the partnership didn’t quite mesh and Wednesday’s announcement brought an inevitable end to a long-running saga.

Ricciardo, who has hoped to bring McLaren back to the F1 championship, told Sky F1: “Of course, I am not happy with this situation.

“I already knew in the first few races that I wasn’t getting the results I wanted. I knew the team expected more from me. After the first few races, we had already started discussing the situation.

It wasn’t a shock call or anything like that.

“I was certainly doing everything I could to make it work. I always had the belief, the belief that we could turn it around and go back to Monza. [where he won last year] for a moment.

“But it was clearly a run that didn’t really happen and wasn’t put together. I didn’t want to walk away from this, but the team made a decision and we talked about it. I also thought it best to accept this…I’m a fighter, but sometimes you have to let it be.

George Russell feels the new anti-mousetrap directive will not compromise Mercedes, and Daniel Ricciardo is an exceptional driver and hopes to return to the grid in 2023.

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George Russell feels the new anti-mousetrap directive will not compromise Mercedes, and Daniel Ricciardo is an exceptional driver and hopes to return to the grid in 2023.

George Russell feels the new anti-mousetrap directive will not compromise Mercedes, and Daniel Ricciardo is an exceptional driver and hopes to return to the grid in 2023.

“Okay, last year we won and had a record, but I think it was because we didn’t get a result as big as this.

“I understand that their needs and desires were more consistent for something bigger. It’s not against me personally, it’s not my attitude or anything like that.”

His exit opens the door for Piastri to join McLaren, but there are still contractual disputes between the French team and Alpine, which entitles him to the services of a reserve driver for 2023. is confident he has the option of going elsewhere.

Ricciardo said he had not spoken to fellow Australian Piastri or manager Mark Webber about the situation, but insisted he had no unpleasant feelings.

“Honestly, I don’t know yet what the future holds for Oscar. But yeah, it’s just business. Mark works for Oscar. I don’t have anything personal like that.” Can not accept.

“Assuming the Oscars secure a spot on the grid sometime next year, I support the same Australians. I don’t think there was any reason for them to reach out.”

With nine races to go at McLaren, Ricciardo said his exit was “a weight off of his shoulders” and he had “points to prove”.

“This is another challenge, another hurdle,” he said. “But if I want to take myself back, I will. That fire is still in me. Of course, I don’t have all the options on the grid, but only from a self-worth point of view.”

“It’s a decision they made, but it doesn’t change the way I go racing.”

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