Purple Bull boss Christian Horner believes that falling out of affection with Formulation 1, was behind Daniel Ricciardo’s decline which was resulted in dropping his McLaren drive.
Daniel Ricciardo’s contract with McLaren was terminated one yr earlier than the unique expiry date, the Australian discovering refuge with Purple Bull as a 3rd driver, the staff with whom he gained seven of his eight F1 races.
Purple Bull have double F1 Champion Max Verstappen, and Sergio Perez as its predominant drivers, and there have been hypothesis whether or not Ricciardo might sooner or later substitute the latter within the staff, particularly because the Mexican suffered a stoop in type midseason in 2022, to not point out the friction attributable to staff order debacle on the 2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix.
Throughout an interview with Speedcafe’s KTM Summer time Grill podcast, Horner was quizzed on the Ricciardo scenario, and what having him because the staff’s third driver meant for the Australian’s future.
“Effectively, we have been shocked to see Daniel be out on the open market,” Horner stated. “So, for us having grown up with Purple Bull, having nurtured him since being a junior, it made sense for us to deliver him again into the fold. A driver with a lot expertise and such a excessive profile.
“I believe that Daniel had fallen out of affection just a little bit with Formulation 1,” the Briton added making an attempt to research the rationale behind Ricciardo’s baffling loss in type.
“He’s had a few actually powerful seasons, notably [in 2022],” he defined. “For him to play a supporting position to the race drivers, as our third driver, each again right here within the manufacturing unit and at occasions with all of the business companions we now have – as one of the vital recognisable faces presently in and round Formulation 1, for us it made a number of sense.”
No plans to make the most of Ricciardo outdoors the third driver capability
Regardless of hoping Ricciardo finds his mojo once more and this will get again right into a everlasting F1 seat, Horner insisted his return won’t be with Purple Bull.
He stated: “And I hope within the course of, Daniel will rediscover his ardour for Formulation 1, however we definitely don’t have any plans to utilise him aside from in that third driver position, to mix with the business actions that he will probably be performing.
“Daniel will probably be attending some races,” Horner continued. “Clearly, he will probably be our reserve driver for these occasions. He’ll most likely do some tyre testing for us to assist out with the Pirelli programme that will get distributed across the groups. He will probably be performing some work within the simulator. So he will probably be doing extra of these actions.
“After which after all with the business calls for that we now have from the myriad of sponsors and companions that we now have, notably with a a lot larger presence within the US, the place Daniel is now predominantly based mostly, with three Grands Prix there subsequent yr, he’s going to have a busy agenda for the season forward,” the Purple Bull boss defined.
Daniel Ricciardo beforehand drove for Purple Bull between 2014 and 2018. He switched to Renault in 2019 and remained their till the top of the 2020 season.
The Honey Badger signed a three-year contract to race with McLaren from 2021 until the top of the 2023, however he was proven the door at Woking after a disappointing efficiency for 2 seasons in a row.