Ricciardo open to year out of F1 to take “two steps forward” in 2024

Ricciardo will go away McLaren on the finish of the season after agreeing a mutual cut up with one year remaining on his contract following a tough stint at Woking.

Ricciardo has been clear he isn’t wanting to rush into any resolution about his future, however stays eager to preserve racing in F1 if the suitable alternative comes up.

Speaking on the Fitzy and Wippa radio present in Australia on Friday, Ricciardo mentioned he nonetheless didn’t know what his future held, however that he was rigorously contemplating his choices alongside together with his administration workforce.

“When I say I don’t know, I don’t have a contract yet for next year,” mentioned Ricciardo.

“Could it nonetheless occur? It might. I suppose I’m not getting too caught up in subsequent year. Of course I need to race, I need to be on the grid, I need to be competing.

“But I’m not variety of seeing subsequent year as all or nothing. Obviously 2024 is one thing I need to bear in mind of and take a look at.

“So that’s kind of where I’m like, if it means taking a step back to then take two steps forward, then that’s what we’re trying to figure out at the moment, me and my team. So that could be a year off.”

Ricciardo added that if he did take a year off, he “would still very much be in the mindset of getting back on the grid for 2024.”

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren, arrives on the grid

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren, arrives on the grid

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The solely present vacant seats for 2023 lie at Alpine, Alfa Romeo, Haas and Williams, though it’s unclear what curiosity there’s from these groups in Ricciardo.

Alpine has set its sights on signing Pierre Gasly, who’s beneath contract at AlphaTauri, which in flip has spoken to Nyck de Vries as a attainable substitute.

De Vries can be topic to curiosity from Alpine, having examined for the workforce in Hungary this week, in addition to Williams, with whom he made his F1 debut at Monza as a stand-in for Alex Albon.

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Alfa Romeo is extensively anticipated to retain Zhou Guanyu after a formidable rookie season, whereas Haas is known to have Antonio Giovinazzi and Nico Hulkenberg excessive on its shortlist for 2023.

Ricciardo has been linked with a possible reserve function at Mercedes for 2023, however Lewis Hamilton mentioned he thought the Australian was “far too talented” to not be racing subsequent year.

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