Daniel Ricciardo confirms next F1 contract is ‘close’

Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo at 2022 McLaren launch

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Daniel Ricciardo has revealed he is close to signing a deal with Red Bull for 2023 but admits talks have not been finalised. Red Bull chief Helmut Marko revealed Ricciardo would be the team’s reserve driver earlier in the weekend.

Speaking to Sky Sports F1, Ricciardo said: “That is the highly likely place for me, Red Bull. Obviously I can’t say 100 per cent until things are signed off and whatever but that is certainly what is closest now. Yeah I look forward to that. 

“If it is though I’m not going to be at 24 races otherwise I may as well be on the grid somewhere. I made it clear I still need time off for myself to get away a bit. But I’ll be around to some extent and try and stay involved.”

Ricciardo left Red Bull at the end of 2018 after securing seven race wins with the constructor. He moved to Renault for 2019 and then switched to McLaren and scored one victory in Italy last season. 

Horner also seemed to confirm Riucciardo’s team was close but wanted the Australian could still change his mind. He said: “We haven’t signed anything yet, but Helmut in his enthusiasm has obviously announced it! 

“I guess that means that Daniel will be joining us, unless of course he chooses not to sign it! Daniel’s a big character. It’s been disappointing to see his performance this year; I think he would have wanted a lot more out of the season. 

“But he’s still one of the biggest names and characters in F1, and he obviously has a history of being a Red Bull junior. Just with the demands that are on the race drivers these days, from the marketing perspective alone… we’re very active as a team, we do many, many show runs and events, and to have a driver of Daniel’s profile and history with the team, within the group, is only an asset for us.”

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