Despite Daniel Ricciardo’s Alpha Tauri compromise, Christian Horner crushes Aussie’s Red Bull hopes

Daniel Ricciardo, currently a Red Bull reserve driver after losing his position at McLaren, following, recently shared his belief that bringing an end to his career in Formula 1 at the team he departed from in 2018 would be a “fairytale” ending.

During the period from 2014 to 2018, Daniel Ricciardo attained an impressive 8 race wins in F1, 7 of those wins was with Red Bull. Due to Red Bull driver, Sergio Perez facing some challenges with his recent performance, there have been suggestions that Ricciardo might rejoin Max Verstappen in a Red Bull car in the future.

Red Bull chief Horner punctures Ricciardo’s return bubble

When questioned about the possibility of Daniel Ricciardo returning to the Red Bull seat, team principal, Christian Horner dismissed any such scenario in the future.  

“It’s not something that we’re planning, that’s for certain,” Horner said after Sunday’s British Grand Prix. 

“It was right to give him the opportunity this year to remain within the team and keep him around the sport. I think it would have been a loss to the sport just to see him disappear.” 

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It seems that Ricciardo getting a Red Bull seat in the near future is unlikely however, team principal, Christian Horner still believes that the Australian still has more to give to the sport.

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Daniel Ricciardo is determined to secure a return to the Formula 1 grid in future seasons. The Australian even expressed his will to drive for Red Bull’s sister team, Alpha Tauri, if it allows the driver a chance to return to the senior team.

Moreover, the 34-year-old will have another opportunity to drive the RB19 once again, as he is scheduled to drive in a Pirelli tire test at Silverstone on Tuesday. This test would be the first time Ricciardo will experience a Red Bull car since leaving the team.

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Horner shared his views on Ricciardo driving the car at the test, stating, “It’s an important test for Pirelli but it’s also going to be great seeing him where he’s at, both on pace and mentally, physically and to get his feedback on this car as well.”

“So I think it’s a good opportunity for him to get back behind a wheel of a car that’s just won the British Grand Prix,” Horner said. 

What do you think about Ricciardo’s future with Red Bull? Do you think he will get a chance to return to the F1 grid with the team? Share your views in the comments below.


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