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Daniel Ricciardo Eyes Fairytale Return to Red Bull in F1

2023

The 2023 Formula 1 season has seen Daniel Ricciardo take on the role of reserve driver for Red Bull, sparking speculations about his possible return to the grid with a full-time drive. Recent events, however, suggest that replacing AlphaTauri's Nyck de Vries midseason might not be in the cards, as the rookie's form has improved, and Red Bull's focus remains on nurturing its crop of young talents.

Nevertheless, Ricciardo has been candid about his desire to return to F1. In an interview with RaceFans, he expressed that he doesn't want his story to end without giving more to the sport. If the right opportunity arises, he would love to make a comeback.

And he has a specific "fairytale" ending in mind: returning to Red Bull. Speaking with ESPN, Ricciardo revealed that returning to the grid with Red Bull would be his dream scenario. However, securing a seat with the team may prove challenging, as Max Verstappen and Sergio Pérez have existing contracts until 2028 and 2024, respectively.

Ricciardo has shown enthusiasm for a potential drive with AlphaTauri in 2024, but he firmly believes he can return to his prime form next season. His performances in the simulator have impressed Team Principal Christian Horner, and Ricciardo is set for a test at Silverstone after the British Grand Prix.

Despite the challenges, Ricciardo seems willing to make the necessary sacrifices for his return. During the alternate telecast of the Canadian Grand Prix on ESPN's The Grandstand, he humorously mentioned that if he's back on the grid next year, he won't be able to enjoy eating during races anymore.

While Ricciardo's desired "fairytale" ending may require some twists and turns, the talented driver remains optimistic about the possibility of writing the next chapter of his F1 journey with Red Bull. Racing fans will undoubtedly keep a keen eye on how this story unfolds.

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