Daniel Ricciardo will return to an F1 cockpit at Silverstone on Tuesday in a check for Crimson Bull. On paper the outing is formally a Pirelli tyre check, however it’s clear from conversations with Ricciardo and people near him and with key figures at Crimson Bull that there is much more driving on it than accumulating information for F1’s tyre provider.
Final month Ricciardo advised ESPN the “fairytale” finish to his F1 profession can be a return to Crimson Bull sooner or later. As reported beforehand, sources have advised ESPN that the Australian driver, nonetheless one of many grid’s hottest and marketable, is open to the prospect of a 12 months on the firm’s second workforce, AlphaTauri, to show he’s over the 2 depressing seasons he spent at McLaren in 2021 and 2022.
Tuesday can be Ricciardo’s first run in an precise 2023 automotive since he returned to Crimson Bull as its third driver (basically the backup to Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez). Will probably be the workforce’s first likelihood to see him again in that setting.
Crimson Bull boss Christian Horner stated it would give the workforce important perception.
“It is an vital check for Pirelli, but it surely’s additionally going to be nice seeing him again in a Crimson Bull automotive and seeing him the place he is at, each on tempo and mentally, bodily and to get his suggestions on