Daniel Ricciardo reveals when he will return to track with Red Bull

It won't be long before Ricciardo gets back behind the wheel after numerous simulator sessions and trackside support for regular drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.

Daniel Ricciardo in a file photo. (Image: Twitter/McLaren)
By Nilavro Ghosh | May 10, 2023 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

As part of his extensive third driver duties for Red Bull, Daniel Ricciardo has revealed that he will get his first taste of the RB19 after the British Grand Prix in July. After parting ways with McLaren at the conclusion of the 2022 season after spending two tumultuous seasons with the Woking team, Ricciardo returned to Red Bull in a supporting capacity for 2023. It won’t be long before Ricciardo gets back behind the wheel after numerous simulator sessions and trackside support for regular drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.

“I’ve been in the simulator, but I will drive the RB19 in July after the Silverstone race – I’m getting a Pirelli test,” Ricciardo confirmed in an interview with ESPN. “Then maybe I’ll get another one after Monza as well in September. A couple of months away [and] I’ll get to feel what it’s like. I’m certainly excited to drive a fast car, but also a car that maybe still feels familiar for me – it does a little bit in the sim. But I’m just excited to drive again and to just try to remind a team obviously I once had a lot of success with that I can still turn a fast lap.”

Eight F1 victories have been claimed by Ricciardo to this point, seven of which came from his five-season run with the senior Red Bull team. The 33-year-old made it clear that, despite taking a break from the action, he is still eager to return to the track and begin a new chapter of success. “I’m definitely still in like a really good place – I’m very happy with this,” he said of his reserve duties. “Does it mean that I’m happy doing this for the next two or three years? Probably not. But I think for this year it’s certainly a good thing for me”

Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez complete 1-2 in Miami

In the Miami Grand Prix on Sunday, Max Verstappen defeated Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez to win. After qualifying ninth, Verstappen overtook the pole-sitter in the closing laps to reclaim the 2023 championship lead. Perez had cut Verstappen’s lead in the championship to just six points with a Sprint and Grand Prix double in Azerbaijan last time out, and a wild qualifying session at the Miami International Autodrome gave him a great chance to overtake Verstappen.

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Verstappen, on the other hand, skillfully extended his initial stint on hards to rise from P9 to P1 through a series of fine moves, and he eventually emerged just behind his teammate with a fresh set of mediums late in the race. Perez, on the other hand, led the first half of the race on a medium-hard tyre strategy. Verstappen easily passed Perez with 10 laps left to take the lead, and he would not give it up. As a result, Perez was forced to settle for second place and lost some of the ground he had gained in the title race.