Ricciardo Responds To Rumors About Possibly Joining Red Bull

by Erik VirostkoFriday, 09 February 2024 at 22:00
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Daniel Ricciardo is one of the most talented drivers on the grid, and as a former Red Bull driver, it's not a surprise that his name is often tied to the team.
Currently, the Australian is driving for the VCARB, Visa Cash App RB, formerly also known as AlphaTauri, and with Sergio Perez's struggles in 2023, many discussed who may possibly replace the Mexican driver.
Unsurprisingly, Ricciardo's name appeared quite often, because of his previous success with the team, and the experience he now possesses, compared to his previous stay with the Austrian team.
However, the 34-year-old doesn't want to get ahead of himself this time around. In the past, Ricciardo had experience with moves that were not too successful, and he wants to avoid it this time, as he revealed in an interview with RacingNews365.

"I look at it in a way of not looking too far ahead. So I look at it, but I don't because I really just need to focus."

The Honey Badger remembers his time in McLarne, which was supposed to be a great success, but ended earlier than his contract was initially planned, and that's why he's more cautious this time around.

"Especially my years at McLaren... obviously, when it doesn't go well it can really unravel quickly, so I never want to get too far ahead of myself in this sport anymore."

However, one thing Ricciardo realizes is how important is his experience. The Australian driver is one of the most experienced drivers on the grid, and among other things, that's something he can offer to a team that would be interested in him.

"And I think with the experience, I definitely understand now, coming back into the sport, what experience does and yes, of course, lap times and performance have always been number one. But experience, especially now with a team like this and trying to build something, it does play quite a vital part and it does have its value."

It's not only about the experience that he's able to provide on track, but also the information that could help the team build and improve their car, something really necessary in F1.

"I think when the team is able to kind of lean on me for things perhaps and my information is helping them, that feels good as well, you know, like when you're collaborating. That's a good feeling, so I'll look to be fast but use my experience when I can."