‘Some logic’ for Ricciardo to take F1 reserve role in 2023 – Motorsport Week

1996 Formula One World Champion Damon Hill believes there is “a certain logic” to Daniel Ricciardo taking on the role of reserve driver in 2023.

The eight-time Grand Prix winner will leave McLaren at the end of the year amid a string of underwhelming performances.

His future beyond the current season is yet to be confirmed but Ricciardo has insisted he is open to all possibilities.

These include potentially taking on a third driver role at a team, with some reports linking him to a role with the Mercedes team next year.

Lewis Hamilton welcomed the scenario of working with Ricciardo in 2023 but claimed the Australian was “too talented” not to compete full-time in F1.

At the request of sky F1 If it made sense for Ricciardo to take on a reserve role next year, Hill replied, “I think there’s some logic to that.

“If you’re at least with a top team, even if you’re raring to go and waiting for the right opportunity, you might have information that might be useful to another team.

“But any team manager would look at him and everyone, every team, will look at him and be like, ‘Where has the pace gone? Does it come back?’ And that’s the big question mark. We do not know it.”

Despite his current slump, Hill is hopeful Ricciardo will recover and compete again at the front of the F1 grid in the future.

“Danny was such a fantastic character for our sport, quick-tempered and always smiling and stuff, but something went wrong,” he said.

“Not only in his pace at McLaren, but also in his strategy of getting into a competitive car.

“Something fell through the cracks and let’s hope he smells like roses somewhere and we see him up front again.”

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