Daniel Ricciardo has admitted for the primary time throughout his sabbatical yr that the dream finish to his Formulation One profession can be a return to racing for the Purple Bull group.
Ricciardo is presently Purple Bull’s third driver, serving as a back-up to Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez, following a troublesome spell with McLaren.
The Australian, who received eight races for Purple Bull between 2014 and 2018, desires to return to the F1 grid subsequent yr with a aggressive group.
A route again to Purple Bull appears to be like unlikely presently, with Perez beneath contract till the top of 2024.
Ricciardo recommended he is contemplating how else he would possibly get again into the group, which makes use of junior outfit AlphaTauri to run different drivers it has beneath contract.
“This for me can be just like the fairytale. Truthfully, the fairytale ending [would be] to complete my profession right here if I may have all of it my very own method.” Ricciardo advised ESPN about racing again at Purple Bull in future.
“However we’ll see. I will most likely should work my method up just a little bit nevertheless it’s very nice to be again right here.”
ESPN understands Ricciardo is open to prospect of racing at AlphaTauri in 2024, as it might possible put him again on the radar for a step as much as the senior group, however has no want to take action this yr.
Sources advised ESPN final month that experiences suggesting he would exchange the off form Nyck de Vries this season had been broad of the mark, with Ricciardo having fun with his time away from the day after day of F1.
Ricciardo has impressed Purple Bull together with his simulator work since returning to the group, with group boss Christian Horner saying he felt the Australia obtained his “mojo” again after his struggles with McLaren.
Throughout the The Grandstand with Daniel Ricciardo and Will Arnett on ESPN, a simulcast which ran through the Canadian Grand Prix, Ricciardo admitted he’s assured he can rekindle his greatest type.
“I do know I can come again as a extra full model of myself,” Ricciardo stated throughout a dialogue on the printed about racing once more in 2024.
Ricciardo will conduct his first take a look at for Purple Bull since returning at a Silverstone tyre take a look at the week after the circuit hosts the British Grand Prix.
Staying throughout the Purple Bull household could be Ricciardo’s best choice going ahead. Lewis Hamilton is anticipated to signal a contract extension with Mercedes, whereas Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz are each beneath contract for subsequent yr.