Daniel Ricciardo, the 33-year-old Aussie Formula 1 driver who is set to depart McLaren by end-2022 following a couple of years of poor run of form, would play as a reserve in Red Bull Formula 1 team next year, a press agency report had unveiled late on Saturday citing anonymous sources familiar with the subject-matter.
In point of fact, back in July this year, McLaren and the 33-year-old Aussie had cut a deal under which Ricciardo would depart McLaren a year before his contract expires. On top of that, latest media headline on Ricciardo’s role as a reserve in Red Bull Formula 1 team next year came against the backdrop of a media speculation that the beleaguered Aussie has been in talks with Mercedes and Red Bull over a reserve role.
It is expected that an announcement would be made on Sunday, the sources had confirmed in terms of anonymity considering the nature of the issue.
Ricciardo to join Red Bull as reserve next season
Aside from that, sources also had confirmed that the 33-year-old Aussie, who had had eight wins at his Formula 1 career thus far, would be involved in simulation driving, commercial obligations, demonstrations alongside a backup racer of Max Verstappen alongside Sergio Perez.
Meanwhile, addressing to Ricciardo’s contract with the Red Bull team, the team’s chief Horner said to the reporters in Abu Dhabi ahead of the season finale, “Daniel's contract's very specific for a specific reason," Horner said.
"We have a contract with Checo [Perez] for the next two years. What the partnership of Max and Checo has produced has been phenomenal for us. The two drivers, they do gave a good relationship, they race well for the team and we've got no reason to see that being any different tomorrow or for the duration of their contractual commitment to the team thereafter.
Daniel's a big character. It's been disappointing to see his performance this year. He's still one of the biggest names, one of the biggest characters in Formula One”.