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.
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.