Daniel Ricciardo to Take Over Nyck de Vries' Spot at AlphaTauri in F1 2023, Red Bull's Sergio Perez in the News with Christian Horner's Reaction
Red Bull has replaced AlphaTauri rookie Nyck de Vries with Daniel Ricciardo after impressive performances during a mid-season tyre test. Ricciardo, who had been serving as Red Bull's reserve driver, delivered lap times that would have put him on the front row of the British Grand Prix. Red Bull officials hope Ricciardo's return will bring new energy to the struggling AlphaTauri team, which is currently last in the constructors' standings. The move has raised questions about the future of Red Bull driver Sergio Perez.
In a surprising move, Red Bull has decided to replace AlphaTauri rookie Nyck de Vries with Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo after just ten races. Ricciardo had been serving as the reserve driver for Red Bull this season, but now he will return to the team where he first started his Formula 1 career. The decision to bring Ricciardo back was based on his impressive performances during a mid-season tyre test at Silverstone. He reportedly set lap times that would have put him on the front row of the British Grand Prix. Red Bull boss Christian Horner praised Ricciardo's form and expressed excitement for the rest of the season with him at Scuderia AlphaTauri.
Red Bull Adviser Helmut Marko also spoke highly of Ricciardo's performances, stating that his lap times during the tyre test were competitive on three different tyre sets. Marko acknowledged that AlphaTauri is currently in a poor position in the constructors' standings and felt that a driver change was necessary to bring new energy to the team. AlphaTauri currently sits in last place with only two points.
While Ricciardo proved himself in the Red Bull car, which is considered the best in Formula 1, performing well in the slower AlphaTauri car will be a different challenge. F1 expert Ted Kravitz noted that the AlphaTauri had some upgrades at Silverstone but still performed worse than usual. He emphasized that Ricciardo's success in the remaining 12 races will determine whether Sergio Perez, Red Bull's struggling driver, should be worried about his seat.
Kravitz suggested that if Ricciardo outperforms his teammate Yuki Tsunoda and helps transform the AlphaTauri car, it could lead Red Bull to consider him for a future seat at the team. However, if Ricciardo is not able to outpace Tsunoda, his hopes of returning to Red Bull in the future may be dashed. The upcoming races will provide insight into the balance between the driver's skill and the car's performance, answering the age-old question in Formula 1.