Daniel Ricciardo has officially rejoined Red Bull as a reserve driver for 2023 season after leaving his seat at McLaren, the racing team confirmed on Thursday. The Aussie driver was dropped by McLaren after last weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and was reportedly in talks with Mercedes for taking up a back-up role ahead of next year. However, the driver has now rejoined the Red Bull team and will drive for them during marketing events and show runs. Ricciardo will also drive in the team's simulator throughout in F1 2023.
“The smile says it all, I’m truly excited to be coming back home to Oracle Red Bull Racing as their third Driver in 2023. I already have so many fond memories of my time here, but the welcome from Christian, Dr Marko and the entire team is something I’m sincerely appreciative of", Ricciardo said after the official announcement.
"For me personally, the ability to contribute to and be surrounded by the best team in F1 is hugely appealing, whilst also giving me some time to recharge and refocus. I can’t wait to be with the team and support with simulator work, testing sessions and commercial activities. Let’s go!”, the Aussie driver added.
“It is great to bring Daniel back into the Red Bull family. He has enormous talent and such a brilliant character; I know the whole factory is excited to be welcoming him home. In his role as test and third driver, Daniel will give us the chance to diversify, assisting in the development of the car, aiding the Team with his experience and knowledge of what it takes to succeed in F1", Team boss Christian Horner said.