Ricciardo eager to prove himself and remind F1 world of his talent
Mar.27 - Daniel Ricciardo says he wants to remind the Formula 1 world that he's "still here".
The Australian, who lost his McLaren seat for 2023 season, did not attend the opening Bahrain and Saudi Arabian grands prix in his new role as Red Bull's third driver.
But he will be in Melbourne this weekend.
"It's not about me this year," the 33-year-old wrote on Linkedin. "It's about the wider team and trying to contribute and help them where I can."
Ricciardo admitted, however, that it's the first year in over a decade in which his goals are not "100 percent about racing and competing".
"It's been a tough couple of years professionally, so there's an element of that competitor in me wanting to remind people that I'm still here, still a professional and still contributing to success," he said.
"From a personal perspective, this year for me is really feeling like a bit of a luxury to have the opportunity to do things that I've always wanted to and not had the time.
"I don't want the year to pass me by, because if I am racing again next year, I'll wish I'd made the most of the free time whilst I had it," Ricciardo added.
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Why would any team trust he could deliver results after the last few years , and he is no Alonso who can get the best out of any car.
Ricciardo needs everything in the car to suit him
Even if he got his motivation back, his full-time return chances for next season are non-existent as driver plans for the medium-longer term are clear for most teams & others come ahead in priority order, so I can't see him back next season, but 2025 is another matter.
his car runs on money though he's still slow if the car doesn't have enough money inside
Didn't know how good he had it at red bull.past his best