The Australian is in advanced talks with Red Bull about taking on a non-racing role that might embody reserve, take a look at, promotional and simulator duties, having misplaced his seat with McLaren for 2023.
Whereas the deal is just not signed but, getting the contract sorted is known to be a formality and may very well be introduced imminently.
Ricciardo’s selection of happening that route comes regardless of Haas sounding out the Australian, and a deal there to be Kevin Magnussen’s team-mate might have stored him on the grid in 2023.
Nonetheless, Ricciardo has revealed that his thoughts was made up fairly quickly after the summer season break that he didn’t really need to keep racing subsequent 12 months.
Requested by Autosport in regards to the reasoning behind his determination to go down the Crimson Bull route, he mentioned: “I knew that I needed a while off subsequent 12 months from a race seat and simply from competitors.
“It is clearly been fairly tiring the final couple of years with the struggles, so it was fairly clear to me shortly after the summer season break that, that was what I needed, and what was going to be finest for me.
“So then it was: ‘Okay. What is the subsequent neatest thing?’ And the extra I thought of it, to clearly be concerned to some extent with a prime workforce, that was clearly the desire.
“But it surely’s not performed. In order that’s why I have not come out and confirmed it, as a result of that is nonetheless the reality: it is not performed. However I can clearly look you within the eye now and say it is the most probably possibility at this stage.”
Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren
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Ricciardo reckoned that stepping away from the depth of a racing season would additionally enable him to raised perceive if he had the motivation to need to return in 2024.
Requested what occurs if he will get to the center of subsequent 12 months and decides he doesn’t want a comeback, he mentioned: “Then that is my reply.
“Truthfully, I feel that is additionally in a manner the sweetness with this. It’s going to both gas the fireplace and make me hungry and extra motivated than ever, or it’s going to really be like ‘oh, that is the appropriate factor for you’, and in that case then I have to be actually completely happy.
“As a result of as a lot as you undergo highs and lows of racing, I am nonetheless very proud of life, and am privileged to reside one. So if subsequent 12 months I am not occupied with coming again, then I have to be doing a little actually cool shit.”
Having competed in F1 since 2011, Ricciardo additionally steered that, as the game heads to its greatest ever calendar, and him coming off the again of two tough campaigns, there was a threat of him not acting at his finest if he did take a race seat elsewhere.
“Final season was already fairly tough, however this season was harder once more,” he mentioned.
“So then the extra time that handed, the extra I felt like, as a lot as I adore it, I need to make it possible for I am doing it at my highest stage and with, for instance, the freshest method attainable.
” subsequent 12 months, it is 24 races. It is an increasing number of demanding the season. In order a lot as I adore it, I feel if I get jumped again into one other state of affairs, I’d simply not be the very best model of myself.
“That is why the extra I thought of it, the extra I used to be like, to leap again in and to for instance rush it, simply to be racing, in all probability does not do myself justice or whichever workforce maybe I might race for.”