Daniel Ricciardo, the 33-year-old Australian who is set to exit Aston Martin by end-2022, has reportedly been in talks with Mercedes as well as Red Bull over a reserve driver role for 2023. Nonetheless, the McLaren F1 racer has been linked to race in NASCAR, though, Ricciardo preferred to stay in the side-bench of Formula One.
In point of fact, in late-July, McLaren and Ricciardo had reached a deal which in effect had concluded Ricciardo’s contract with the team a year earlier. Ricciardo is receiving a pay-check of £12.2 million a year, while whispers are wheezing in thin air that the 33-year-old Aussie might settle for a £10 million for concluding his contract a year earlier.
Ricciardo in talks with Mercedes and Red Bull over reserve roll
Meanwhile, speaking in an interview with Sky Sports in the side-bench of Mexican GP, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said, “I think Daniel is speaking to a few teams about a potential role, also Red Bull.
For us, we very much like him, he's a great character but we are not in a position yet who is going to be our third driver”. While Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is yet to decide a reserve role for 2023, media outlets were quoted saying that Ricciardo has been in talks with Red Bull’s Horner as well.
Nevertheless, nothing is confirmed so far but an exit for Ricciardo from the Formula One. Ricciardo won eight races in Formula One so far in his career, while his poor run of form over the past couple of years had disappointed many.
Apart from that, Ricciardo is frequently seemed to be a shadow of Norris, who appears to be scoring all the points for McLaren. Ricciardo currently stood at eleventh with 35 points in drivers’ championship title race, while his teammate Norris garnered 111 points with a podium finish as well. Norris stands at seventh in title race, 29 points clear of Ocon.