AlphaTauri reveal timeline for Daniel Ricciardo return from injury

Liam Lawson has deputised in Ricciardo's place after the Australian injured his hand at the Dutch GP.

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AlphaTauri have said that the team is in no rush to get Daniel Ricciardo back in the car as the Australian recovers from a hand injury sustained in a crash at the Dutch GP.

Ricciardo’s dramatic return to F1 following his exit from McLaren at the end of 2022 was cut short at Zandvoort after he went into the barriers at Turn 3 to avoid the stopped car of Oscar Piastri.

Red Bull junior driver Liam Lawson has deputised in the seat in Ricciardo’s absence, impressing with a series of strong results, including the team’s highest finish of the year in ninth at the Singapore GP.

Despite the New Zealander’s eye-catching form, Ricciardo is still expected to continue in the seat next year, and AlphaTauri head of trackside engineering Jonathan Eddolls has said that the team will not push him back into the car before he is full ready.

“Well, we all saw him in Singapore,” Eddolls told media. “He’s still going through that recovery phase. I would say we’re still talking a while away, so I wouldn’t want to put a target on it. The recovery is going well.

“We’ve got some simulator work planned before a return. I think 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’s properly healed and cause any issues.”

Ricciardo’s call

While the team are keen to have the experienced Aussie back behind the wheel, Eddolls added that it would ultimately be Ricciardo’s call to say when he is ready to race once again.

“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, so as I said, we’re not putting him under pressure to come back,” he said.

“We’ve got a pool of three good drivers at the moment, so there’s no big rush. The focus is on him making a full recovery so that when he comes back, it’s not a point that’s even talked about.”

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