Red Bull gives Ricciardo a chance and puts pressure on Pérez and De Vries

Place for Ricciardo at Red Bull or AlphaTauri?

Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull (AP)

Initially, Red Bull did not seem to be planning much with Daniel Ricciardo, but that may change. The words of Dr. Helmut Marko show the dissatisfaction with Sergio Pérez and Nyck de Vries and he confirms that Ricciardo will have the chance to show what he can still do.

Can Daniel Ricciardo hope for a return to Formula 1 with AlphaTauri or even with main team Red Bull? That seems a bit too early for the time being, but it is clear that there is something going on at Red Bull. CEO Helmut Marko tells the Austrian ORF that Sergio Pérez makes too many mistakes for his taste and he suggests that Pérez has actually been on a kind of borrowed time from the start: “His initial goal was two or three years (for Red Driving bull, ed.), that would be more than he expected anyway.” Marko immediately announces (probably not entirely coincidentally) in the same conversation that Daniel Ricciardo will soon be able to show what he can still do. “We will put Ricciardo in the car for three days at the tire test after Silverstone,” said the 80-year-old. On July 7, 8 and 9, Ricciardo will therefore drive perhaps the most important kilometers of his career. “Then we can evaluate where Ricciardo really stands.”

If it goes well, then of course that does not mean that Pérez’s days at Red Bull are numbered. Ricciardo probably has a better chance of an F1 seat with Red Bull’s sister team AlphaTauri, where Dutchman Nyck de Vries is currently experiencing his first full F1 season. A season that has been a bit disappointing for the time being. Marko emphasizes this in the podcast Inside Line F1 also again. According to him, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner was not convinced of De Vries last year. “At this point it seems he was right,” quoted The Telegraph. Red Bull has a reputation for being unrelenting towards underperforming drivers and a driver change is not uncommon even in the middle of the season. Exciting times for Ricciardo, De Vries and, probably to a lesser extent, Pérez.


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