Daniel Ricciardo’s name is one of those that comes up when it comes to re-filling the open Formula 1 cockpits for 2025. But a possible change for the Australian is also an issue in the season that is about to begin, as he is seen as a possible replacement for Sergio Pérez if he weakens at Red Bull. Now Ricciardo has commented on the many speculations.
Because Lewis Hamilton is moving to Ferrari after the current season, the so-called silly season, i.e. the wild speculation on the driver market, has already begun. Who could replace the record Formula 1 world champion at Mercedes and become George Russell’s new teammate? Among others, Daniel Ricciardo is mentioned here.
The veteran is under contract with Visa Cash App RB (formerly AlphaTauri) until the end of the year and would then be free.
But Ricciardo doesn’t want to know anything about the rumors surrounding him for the time being. “When I look at Mercedes now, they still have almost a whole year to decide what they want to do,” he is quoted by “racer.com”. “I don’t think they’re in a hurry right now.”
The German car manufacturer’s racing team will now evaluate all candidates on the driver market and take a look at how they do, Ricciardo suspected and added: “That’s a good position for them.”
The 34-year-old doesn’t want to think about the fact that both Mercedes and Red Bull – where, according to several media reports, Sergio Pérez is already on probation in 2024 – could (at the latest) look for a driver for next year and rely on him.
Formula 1: That’s why Ricciardo looks at the here and now
“I don’t look that far ahead,” emphasized Ricciardo, because: “In this part of my career it feels like I’m a year closer to the end. That’s why it’s one more reason for me to be present now. “
He wants to concentrate on the upcoming races for the time being. “If the Silly Season takes place without me, that’s totally okay,” he emphasized.
Formula 1 will begin testing in Bahrain next week. The first Grand Prix of the season will take place at the same location at the beginning of March.