Christian Horner said that if he were in charge of Alpine he would sign Daniel Ricciardo, as the Australian faces a possible exit from Formula One..
Ricciardo is a multiple Grand Prix winner and has been one of the fastest drivers on the grid in his career, but his time in McLaren It didn’t go the way he or anyone else wanted or even expected.
In fact, on paper at the start of their partnership, Lando Norris and Ricciardo seemed to be one of the strongest pairs in the entirety of Formula One, but as Lando went from strength to strength, Daniel found himself simply unable to handle the way McLaren drives and feels.
This, then, led to his replacement Oscar Bistrie It is for 2023 and there is now a high probability that we will not have Ricciardo on the grid for next year.
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He’s been linked with a move to Haas and Alpine but both seem to have other drivers in their sights, and he himself has said that before he may not be in the sport next season.
It’s a far cry from the time it was Red Bull Where he was winning races and keeping the likes of Max Verstappen more honest, then his former team boss Christian Horner said if he was running the Alps he would look at getting the Australian, with Ricciardo leading the team when they were the last Renaults.
“Maybe I’ll be honest with you,” Horner told the Beyond the Grid podcast when asked if he’d sign him for Alpine.
“They have known him for two seasons and were great together in his last season there, scoring the podium.
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“It’s the kind that I think you can rebuild.
“It wasn’t a good experience for him for whatever reason and you just had to think about some of the motivation for us, some of the wins he’s had, the amazing podiums and overtakes he’s been able to, and that’s still in there, I’m sure.”
Ricciardo to Alpine is not beyond the realm of possibilities but many expect Pierre Gasly or Nick de Vries to get the party along with Esteban Ocon for 2023.
Ultimately, time will tell what happens to Daniel.
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