Daniel Ricciardo returns to Red Bull as the third driver!

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After months of speculation, Daniel Ricciardo confirmed his return to his old team.

Daniel Ricciardo and red bull officially announced the new partnership on Wednesday. Rumors about Ricciardo returning to his old team were swirling for a couple of weeks now.

Now, it is confirmed that the Australian will be joining the team as the third driver. Ricciardo seemed delighted to be returning to his old team:

 “The smile says it all, I’m truly excited to be coming back home to Oracle Red Bull Racing as their Third Driver in 2023.

“I already have so many fond memories of my time here, but the welcome from Christian, Dr Marko and the entire team is something I’m sincerely appreciative of.  

“For me personally, the ability to contribute to and be surrounded by the best team in F1 is hugely appealing, whilst also giving me some time to recharge and refocus.  

“I can’t wait to be with the team and support with simulator work, testing sessions and commercial activities. Let’s go!” 

Ricciardo endured a rough 2022 with McLaren. After the Alpine-Piastri-McLaren saga finally came to an end, Ricciardo acknowledged the fact that he won’t be on the grid in 2023.

Regardless, the 33-year-old will be staying on the sidetracks next year before he plans his return in 2024.

Horner also welcomed Ricciardo

Team principal Christian Horner also welcomed Daniel Ricciardo to the red bull family.

Christian Horner said:

“It is great to bring Daniel back into the Red Bull family. He has enormous talent and such a brilliant character; I know the whole factory is excited to be welcoming him home.”  

“In his role as test and third driver, Daniel will give us the chance to diversify, assisting in the development of the car, aiding the Team with his experience and knowledge of what it takes to succeed in F1.  

“We’re very pleased to be working with Daniel again and look forward to everything he will bring to the Team in 2023.” 

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