Daniel Ricciardo grateful for being thrown in AlphaTauri deep end

After replacing Nyck de Vries at AlphaTauri, Ricciardo is happy with his F1 return


Daniel Ricciardo says that he grateful Red Bull didn’t wait until the summer to bring him back as he enters the ‘second chapter’ of his Formula 1 career.

Ricciardo made his return at the 2023 Hungarian GP and delivered a strong performance as qualified and finished ahead of Yuki Tsunoda.

He was close to an impressive showing at the Belgian Grand Prix until a time deletion for track limits in sprint qualifying denied him a place in SQ3.

Whilst AlphaTauri are intended to be a brief home for Ricciardo from his end, he is grateful for the opportunity Helmut Marko and Franz Tost have given him.

“Personally, very happy that they kind of threw me in a little bit the deep end,” Ricciardo said to the media. “And I think it prepared me a lot better for the second half the season.

“I think Budapest, I honestly couldn’t have asked for much more on that weekend. I was really happy with my performance and how I got into it.

“And then Spa, the little bit of a mistake and qualifying on the Friday then affected the Sunday.

“I think the approach was right, just obviously paid the price for trying a little bit too hard probably. I feel like I’ve hit the ground running and feel content.”

Daniel Ricciardo of AlphaTauri leads Valtteri Bottas of Alfa Romeo during 2023 Belgian Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Ricciardo mentally in a good zone

Red Bull initially had Ricciardo as a reserve driver and noted that they did not recognise his driving style following a difficult tenure at McLaren.

However after nursing the eight times Grands Prix winner back to his old ways, Ricciardo is once again feeling good, confident and determined.

“This kind of second chapter of my career I am feeling just different about things,” Ricciardo added. “I feel like at least right now in my heads I’m in a very good place and I’m taking it seriously.

“I mean I’m not obviously putting unnecessary pressure on myself or anything, but I just have some goals to achieve and some things to chase. So that’s where I’m at.”

Where is the next F1 2023 race?

F1 will return from its summer break with the 2023 Dutch Grand Prix from Zandvoort on August 25-27, where championship leader Max Verstappen will be racing on home soil.

Brandon Sutton
Brandon Sutton
Brandon is an alumni of an NCTJ and BJTC Liverpool John Moores University course, and has been with Total-Motorsport.com for over a year now. He enjoys covering all forms of motorsport but particularly focuses on Formula 1, and Brandon loves to debate various topics of the sport and other interests, especially if that topic doesn't have an open/shut answer such as the GOAT debate.
- Advertisment -


Max Verstappen leads Lando Norris of McLaren during the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Forget Ferrari, McLaren are the biggest threat to Red Bull

The very fact that Lando Norris was disappointed and frustrated with finishing second at the Formula 1 2024 Canadian...
Sergio Perez looks on at the 2024 Canadian GP | Mark Thompson / Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Horner calls for Perez to bounce back as he heaps praise on Verstappen

Team principal Christian Horner for Sergio Perez to get back to from for the 2024 Spanish Grand Prix whilst...

Should F1 adopt a football-style transfer window for drivers? Max Verstappen is the proof...

Formula 1 is unlike any other sport, and that's fine - the F1 purists thrive on its unique qualities....

What went wrong for Will Brown, Cam Waters in NASCAR Cup debuts

The NASCAR Cup Series had some Australian flavour Sunday when Supercars Championship stars Will Brown and Cameron Waters made...

What we learned from the 2024 Canadian GP

Max Verstappen returned to the top step of the podium after a terrible 2024 Monaco Grand Prix with an...
Norman Nato leads the field at the 2024 Shanghai E-Prix | Formula E

Formula E 2024-25 calendar announced for first Gen3 Evo season

Formula E have announced its provisional calendar for the 2024-25 season, which will be the first campaign for the...
Race winner Max Verstappen celebrates after the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Max Verstappen aces huge Canadian GP test as Red Bull and Perez falter

While Lando Norris was frustrated with his team, George Russell committed a litany of errors and Lewis Hamilton lamented...

F1 risks repeating mistake with new 2026 regulations announcement

Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali unveiled the sport's much-heralded new era of racing in 2026 promising "a new generation...

F1 Winners and Losers of the 2024 Canadian GP

The dust settled on a barnstorming 2024 Canadian Grand Prix weekend with Max Verstappen returning to the top step...
George Russell at 2024 Bahrain Grand Prix | Mercedes / Sebastian Kawka

George Russell mistakes exposed as Mercedes face major concern

George Russell may have started the Formula 1 2024 Canadian Grand Prix on pole position, yet there was a...
- Advertisment -