Ricciardo is going through a stint on the F1 sidelines as he waits to see if a race seat opens up for 2024. He’s broadly tipped to return to Red Bull Racing next year in a job that could include reserve and test duties and promotional runs.
Over the Abu Dhabi weekend he defined why he had pursued a non-racing function over a race seat, admitting that he wanted a break from competition.
He has left the door barely ajar for a aggressive look elsewhere, although, taking a never say never approach when asked about a Supercars cameo lately.
IndyCar common O’Ward, in Abu Dhabi to drive for McLaren in Free Apply 1, flagged the US open-wheeler series as something that Ricciardo would enjoy.
“I feel he would adore it,” mentioned the Mexican. “He loves America. So I feel Daniel would match proper in.”
In response to O’Ward’s feedback, Ricciardo reiterated that whereas a fan of IndyCar his focus continues to be very a lot on F1.
“I had lots of IndyCar drivers attain out and say like, ‘mate you’d adore it right here’,” mentioned Ricciardo, who completed ninth on his remaining outing with McLaren on Sunday.
“They had been very enthusiastic and spoke very extremely of the collection and I am not saying I would not … just like the racing seems nice.
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“I do watch lots of the races and I take pleasure in it as a fan, as a spectator.
“However to illustrate, I feel mentally, I am simply not there in the meanwhile. I am nonetheless form of with System 1 in my thoughts.”
Speaking on the subject in October, Ricciardo remarked that “ovals scare me” and the concept of racing full-time in America was “extra of a fantasy”.
“Ten years in the past, I might have mentioned sure,” he mentioned. “I’m OK to confess that I’m not OK with ovals.”
Ricciardo has had restricted first-hand publicity to different classes throughout his time in F1, though has twice sampled Supercars hardware for promotional runs.