FORMULA 1

Daniel Ricciardo looks to reset and come back stronger in the second half of the season

Ricciardo, Six Sports

As the summer break rolls on, Ricciardo looks to take some time off the pedal, recharge his batteries and come back swinging after the mid-season break.

Ricciardo’s seat at McLaren is looking increasingly at risk, as McLaren and Alpine are locked in a battle to get Oscar Piastri.

The silly season drama started after Sebastian Vettel announced his retirement. The following day, Alonso was confirmed as the German’s replacement on a multi-year deal. This announcement caught Alpine by surprise who assumed that the Spaniard will stay with them.

The major drama started afterward. Alpine announced Piastri as their driver in a press release. The Australian was the reserve driver for the team. But, Piastri shockingly denied that he will be driving for Alpine on social media.

It then came to the fore, that McLaren and Piastri had reportedly signed a deal for 2023 replacing fellow Aussie Daniel Riccardo.

At Hungary, before the summer break, Ricciardo said he aimed to return to racing with a bang, similar to the last season when his form improved and he won the Italian Grand Prix after the break.

Talking to Motorsports.com, Ricciardo said:

“To be honest, switching off normally gives me like a natural reset,”

“To a point where I imagine in, say, 10 days, two weeks into the break, I would have kind of got the holiday out of my system and then I’ll build that hunger back again.

“So I’ll naturally think about it, after getting time off. That’s normally how it works for me.

“Again, go out with friends, drink some beers, have fun. And then I’ll get to the point when I start to not feel guilty but just like ‘all right, time to turn it on again’. Then it’s kind of a natural switch that will come back probably after 14 days.

“A bit like last year, [I want to] kind of start that second half of this season with a positive bang and just get the ball rolling. The triple-header, it’s intense

“So I think come out and set some strong intentions. That’s the plan. Obviously it’s easier said than done. But that’s certainly the plan.”

Ricciardo looking to save his career in the second part of the season. He has to prove what he is capable of and deliver what’s expected of him. If he fails to do so, he may be shown the door.

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