Daniel Ricciardo guaranteed F1 seat in 2024 after extending contract with AlphaTauri along with rising Japanese driver Yuki Tsunoda
- Aussie driver left McLaren last season
- Joined Red Bull’s sister team
- Will extend his stay with fellow driver Tsunoda
Injured Australian F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo will extend his career into 2024 after locking in a driver’s seat with AlphaTauri for next season.
Ricciardo debuted with the sister team of Red Bull this season after AlphaTauri sacked Dutch driver Nyck de Vries for a string of below par performances.
Now the team has confirmed he will continue into 2024, despite impressive performances by New Zealand reserve driver Liam Lawson this year.
Ricciardo said he was ‘stoked’ to be driving with Yuki again next year and continuing the journey with AlphaTauri
‘Following the progress we have already made and the plans for the future, it’s an exciting time for the team,’ he said.
‘We are building and it is a great feeling. There is a lot of work to do, but we are heading in the right direction and there is a lot to look forward to. Bring on 2024.’
Japan’s Yuki Tsunoda of Scuderia AlphaTauri and Australian Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo have been re-signed for the 2024 season
Ricciardo behind the wheel at the Dutch Grand Prix, the last time he took to the track this season before his injury
Ricciardo has not raced since the end of July after suffering a broken metacarpal in his left hand in practice at the Dutch Grand Prix.
He had only completed two races at Hungary and Belgium before the summer break giving Lawson an opportunity to press his claims for a seat for 2024.
However AlphaTauri Team Principal Franz Tost said Ricciardo’s ‘personal attitude and racing experience will be precious assets in 2024’.
‘Next year, the technical regulations remain largely unchanged and it was therefore logical to go for continuity in our driver line-up too,’ said Team Principal Franz Tost.
‘I am very pleased with the development that Yuki has shown over the last two and a half years with our team and with Daniel’s great race-winning experience we will have one of the most competitive driver pairings on the grid in 2024.
‘Peter [Bayer, AlphaTauri’s new CEO] and Laurent [Mekies, AlphaTauri’s incoming Team Principal] will have a great duo to start the new season in the right direction.
‘As for Liam, who has impressed everyone in his races so far, he will definitely help the team in his development role as a third driver, and I’m sure he will have a future in Formula 1 soon.’
A broken hand has ruled Ricciardo out of the last two Grand Prix events and he has also been ruled out of Asia
Kiwi driver Liam Lawson is the reserve driver at AlphaTauri and pressed his claims for a seat in 2024 as well
Ricciardo assisted with engineering in Singapore and will test his hand in the simulator before Qatar
Ricciardo previously raced for AlphaTauri when the team was called Toro Rosso in 2012 and 2013 and since gone on to secure eight Grand Prix wins.
The Aussie star was back on-site in Singapore last weekend to assist with the team’s engineering processes, but his injury has ruled him out of both races in Asia.
He could return in Qatar, but AlphaTauri head of trackside engineering Jonathan Eddolls said he would not be rushed back.
‘The recovery is going well,’ Eddolls said.
‘We’ve got some simulator work planned before a return.
‘From our side and his side, there’s no rush to get him back too early.
‘The worst thing would be to come back before it is properly healed and cause any issues.’
Ricciardo will undergo a simulator test before Qatar to test his hand and a decision on his availability will be made then.
‘The simulator’s a very good representation of the car, all of the loads, etc,’ said Eddolls.
‘I think the final decision is more than likely going to come from him rather than from us.
‘He will know better than anyone how’s the pain, how’s the recovery?
‘We’re not putting him under pressure to come back. We’ve got three good drivers at the moment so there’s no big rush, the focus is on making a full recovery so that when he comes back, it’s not even talked about.’
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