Ricciardo will have a hard time: “There will be no place for him next year”

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Ricciardo will have a hard time: “There will be no place for him next year”

Daniel Ricciardo will not return to Formula 1, says former driver Alan Jones to The Daily Mail. The 1980 world champion indicates that he no longer sees Ricciardo returning to the premier class. He will also have a hard time as the third driver at Red Bull Racing. “Something really serious has to happen before he gets the chance there,” says Jones.

The Australian Grand Prix is ​​just around the corner, but this year Ricciardo will not be part of his home race. He is present as the third driver alongside Max Verstappen and Sergio Pérez, but will most likely not be on track this year. After losing his seat at McLaren last year, he has now found a place at Red Bull, but his sights are set on a return in 2024.

Jones does not believe in a return for Ricciardo

Compatriot Jones, however, does not see that happening. He believes the 33-year-old has already driven his last race in Formula 1. According to Jones, it will also be difficult for Ricciardo to make kilometers in the car as the third driver. “Then something serious must happen,” says the former driver.

It will be difficult for Ricciardo to find a way back to Formula 1, Jones believes. “I just really don’t see it happening at Red Bull,” the Australian former driver notes. “There is no reason for Red Bull not to extend Pérez and Verstappen will certainly not leave. I don’t see a possibility at Ferrari either, so I don’t know where he wants to go.’

Jones: ‘I can see Piastri becoming world champion’

It is a shame that the 33-year-old was not able to say goodbye in his own time, as Sebastian Vettel was able to do last season. “If you ask me, this situation is a bit because he was too busy with other things,” says Jones. “It seemed like he often sat with his head outside the car when he still had his seat, and that’s not convenient.”

Oscar Piastri replaces Ricciardo and is currently the only Australian driver on the grid. Jones expects big things from the rookie. ‘I can see him winning the world title,’ says the 1980 world champion. ‘He has won everything he put his energy into. Not many people can say that.’

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