As teams sign drivers or zero in on certain objectives, the 2023 F1 driver roster is beginning to take shape. Currently, it appears that none of those seats will be filled by Daniel Ricciardo, who appears content with his lot in life. Ricciardo will find it challenging to compete in Formula One again if he is not in it the following year. Morning Brew is read by more than 3 million people; you should too! The musical chairs in Formula One are still going, but it seems more and more likely that fan favorite Daniel Ricciardo will be left without a seat when the music stops.
There are just three remaining evident gaps in the 2023 F1 driver lineup, and as things stand, Ricciardo is unlikely to fill any of them. He will likely retire from Formula One in 2023, barring any unforeseen circumstances. And if that occurs, it’s likely that we won’t see him ever again drive in the series.
Even Ricciardo sounds like he is beginning to understand his fate.
After the Italian Grand Prix, Ricciardo remarked, “I’ve realized, if I’m not on the grid next year, I’m alright with it.” “I’ve accepted that I won’t do everything, or that my “management” team won’t do everything, only to put me on the grid if it’s wrong or it doesn’t make sense,” the speaker said.
Later, Ricciardo clarified that he “want to just hop into a car for the sake of it,” not “only for the purpose of it.” He sounds close to giving up even though he hasn’t.
We haven’t given up trying to “get a seat,” stated Ricciardo. But at the moment, that’s sort of where my thoughts are.