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 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 -

LATEST NEWS

London E-Prix Results 2024 – Formula E Round 16

0
Pascal Wehrlein emerged victorious in one of the most dramatic races in Formula E history, securing his maiden Drivers'...

Max Verstappen escapes crash penalty: Blames Lewis Hamilton

0
Max Verstappen blames Lewis Hamilton for turning in too early for their Hungaroring crash on July 21 as the...

F1 Standings after 2024 Hungarian Grand Prix

0
Oscar Piastri secured his first Formula 1 victory at the 2024 Hungarian Grand Prix amid internal McLaren drama with...

Wehrlein wins 2024 Formula E title after gripping London E-Prix

0
An unbelievable end to the 2024 Formula E season saw Pascal Wehrlein crowned champion at the London E-Prix after...

Formula E 2024 LIVE: London E-Prix Finale – Wehrlein becomes champion after huge drama

0
Welcome to this Total-Motorsport.com Formula E LIVE BLOG for Round 16 from the 2024 London E-Prix! This Sunday, we bring you real-time updates,...

Norris blames McLaren for team orders debacle: Issues warning

0
Lando Norris blamed McLaren for the team orders chaos at the 2024 Hungarian GP as he waited until Lap...

F1 2024 Hungarian GP – Fastest Lap

0
George Russell set the fastest lap of the 2024 Hungarian GP with a 1:20.305 on a weekend when he...

Oscar Piastri Takes Debut F1 Victory at Hungarian GP Amid McLaren Drama

0
Oscar Piastri has clinched his first-ever Formula 1 victory at the 2024 Hungarian GP, after a dramatic race filled...

F1 2024 Hungarian Grand Prix – Race Results

0
The 2024 Hungarian Grand Prix race weekend took us through the midpoint of the Formula 1 season, and Oscar Piastri took the chequered flag to...

F1 LIVE: 2024 Hungarian GP – Piastri wins after Norris finally follows team orders

0
Welcome to this Total-Motorsport.com F1 Live Blog for the 2024 Hungarian GP! This Sunday, we bring you real-time updates,...
- Advertisment -
Exit mobile version