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McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo all set to join Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes

Formula 1-star and McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo is arguably at the lowest point currently in his career. The Aussie lost his McLaren seat for 2023 after strings of poor performance this season. The McLaren driver failed to adapt to the new cars that came with this season’s new regulations. This year his struggles might seem to end all hopes as he has already said that he will “not be on the grid in 2023”.

Although his future might seem grim, the Aussie might have already decided on his next venture.

Future in Formula 1

Daniel Ricciardo is leaving McLaren after 2023. The Australian has already mentioned that he will stay involved in the sport and he will be on the sidetracks. Moreover, Ricciardo is all set to be behind an F1 car in 2023. The 33-year-old is going for a reserve driver role according to reports.

Both red bull and Mercedes are the front-runners. Both the teams are looking for a new reserve driver and the experience Ricciardo brings along is impeccable. Further, spending time on the sidetracks testing the cars will help Ricciardo better adapt to these new “lazy” cars. This will ultimately prove helpful to the Aussie to plan a return to the grid in 2024.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has also provided his insight into the future of Ricciardo:

“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.”

Although, Wolff can’t confirm Ricciardo to be the third driver he can’t deny it either. Wolff recognizes the experience and personality he brings to the team. However, for now, the Austrian avoided confirming any rumors.

The McLaren driver had an impressive drive last time out in Mexico finishing P7 after starting P12. The eight-time race winner showed immense pace in the last part of the race and turned a rather boring race into an exciting one. Fans were delighted to see the old “Honey badger” back. However, can he continue this form in Brazil? It will be intriguing to see!

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