Ricciardo is open for a year out of F1 to take ‘two steps forward’ in 2024.

Ricciardo is open for a year out of F1 to take ‘two steps forward’ in 2024.


Ricciardo goes McLaren After agreeing a mutual separation with a year left on his contract following a difficult spell at Woking at the end of the season.

It is clear that Ricciardo does not want to rush into a decision about his future, but he will continue to race in F1 if the right opportunity presents itself.

Speaking on Fitzy and Wippa’s radio show in Australia on Friday, Ricciardo said he still did not know what his future would be but was carefully considering his options with the management team.

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

“Could it still be? Could it be. I guess next year I’m not too caught up. I really want to compete, I want to be on the grid, I want to compete.

But I’m not the type to see next year as all or nothing. Obviously 2024 is something I want to understand and look at.

“So I’m like, if it means taking one step back, take two steps forward, that’s what we’re trying to figure out right now, me and my team. So that may be a year off.”

Ricciardo has said that if he takes a year off, he will still be thinking of returning to the grid for 2024.

The only available seats for 2023 are available at Alpine, Alfa RomeoHaas et al WilliamsAlthough it’s unclear what interest there is from those teams in Ricardo.

Alpine has set his sights on signing Pierre GaslyUnder contract AlfatauriHe could be a substitute with Nick de Vries in turn.

De Vries expects interest from Alpine by testing the team in Hungary this week as well as Williams, which made its F1 debut at Monza. Alex Albon.

Alfa Romeo is widely expected to remain Zhou Guanyu After an amazing rookie season, when it became known that Haas had Antonio Giovinazzi And Nico Hulkenberg It is high on the shortlist for 2023.

Ricciardo has been linked to a backup role Mercedes But for 2023 Lewis Hamilton The Australian said he thought he was “too good” not to compete next year.

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