Christian Horner urges Alpine to sign Daniel Ricciardo in 2023

Christian Horner urges Alpine to sign Daniel Ricciardo in 2023

Red Bull coach Christian Horner is urging the Alpine team to sign Australian Daniel Ricciardo for the 2023 Formula 1 season.

Daniel Ricciardo will have to leave the McLaren team at the end of the 2022 season after making the decision to end his partnership with the Australian to replace him with fellow successor Oscar Piastri from next season. Officially, Ricciardo does not have a seat for 2023, while the Alpine team – which he previously raced for at Renault – is still looking for a starting driver to line up with Esteban Ocon next year. due to the departure of Fernando Alonso at the end of the year for Aston Martin.

For Christian Horner, who has been Daniel Ricciardo’s boss at Red Bull in the past, Alpine should not hesitate to re-sign the Aussie: “I hope Daniel [Ricciardo] will be confirmed in Formula 1 next year. It’s a shame where he is now, he’s a good driver, and if I were Alpine I’d probably sign him for 2023. said Brit on the Beyond the Grid podcast.

“He is someone they already know and in their last season together they had very good results. I think he’s the type of person who can rebuild himself after hard times.”

According to Horner, Daniel Ricciardo’s move to McLaren between 2021 and 2022 didn’t work out for different reasons, but that doesn’t mean his Formula 1 career is over: “I remember the races he did when he was with us, passing us, and others winning. It’s still in him, and I think what he needs is to reset. As in all sports, confidence is important and Daniel doesn’t have that at McLaren…even though he’s been in two cars from two regulations different, he is still a very capable driver. I hope he will be on the grid in 2023.

At the moment, Daniel Ricciardo has not yet announced his plans for the 2023 season. The Australian has not ruled out the idea of ​​a sabbatical year or being a reserve driver for a big team. …