Red Bull announced today, confirming all that has been reported, that former McLaren Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo will join them as a third driver.
The Australian driver left Red Bull back in 2018 and joined Renault (Now Alpine) for two years, then jumped ship again to McLaren for 2021 and 2022.
Despite winning the 2021 Italian Grand Prix with McLaren, Ricciardo’s performance in general was underwhelming, never able to match Lando Norris.
McLaren announced earlier this year that they cut the Aussie’ contract short and hired Oscar Piastri to replace him for 2023. Ricciardo raced his final race in Papaya at the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last Sunday.
Oracle Red Bull Racing Statement
Eight-time Grand Prix winner, Daniel Ricciardo joins Oracle Red Bull Racing as Third Driver
Oracle Red Bull Racing today confirms Daniel Ricciardo will return home and re-join the Team as the third driver for 2023. Bringing a wealth of experience and character, Daniel will assist the Team with testing and Sim work, as well as commercial activity.
With 29 trophies to his name, there were plenty of high points in an excellent first run with Red Bull Racing. Immediately making an impact in his first year in 2014, finishing 3rd in the Championship and securing wins in Montreal and Budapest. Then onto 2015 and an epic Monaco performance and the fastest lap of the race, taking his maiden pole at the same race a year later. In 2016, he was also the only driver to finish all 21 races. 2017 saw Daniel win a wild Azerbaijan Grand Prix and take eight other podiums, before rolling into the 2018 season with a bang. He won two of the first six races that year, storming through the field in China and then who can forget that win in Monaco or perhaps just as iconic, that dive into the swimming pool?
Oracle Red Bull Racing Team Principal and CEO Christian Horner said: “It is great to bring Daniel back into the Red Bull family. He has enormous talent and such a brilliant character; I know the whole factory is excited to be welcoming him home. In his role as test and third driver, Daniel will give us the chance to diversify, assisting in the development of the car, aiding the Team with his experience and knowledge of what it takes to succeed in F1. We’re very pleased to be working with Daniel again and look forward to everything he will bring to the Team in 2023.”
Daniel Ricciardo said: “The smile says it all, I’m truly excited to be coming back home to Oracle Red Bull Racing as their Third Driver in 2023. I already have so many fond memories of my time here, but the welcome from Christian, Dr Marko and the entire team is something I’m sincerely appreciative of. For me personally, the ability to contribute to and be surrounded by the best team in F1 is hugely appealing, whilst also giving me some time to recharge and refocus. I can’t wait to be with the team and support with simulator work, testing sessions and commercial activities. Let’s go!”