Max Verstappen says he would be open to partnering Daniel Ricciardo at Red Bull Racing next season as speculation over Sergio Pérez’s place at the team continues to simmer.

Pérez has come under increasing pressure since Max Verstappen zeroed in on his third world championship. With the Dutchman having accumulated enough points to secure the constructors title all on his own, focus has turned on Pérez to secure Red Bull Racing’s first one-two finish in the drivers championship.

But the Mexican has struggled to reboot himself after a long slog of poor form in the middle of the season. His performances in Japan and Qatar ranked among his worst of the season, and Lewis Hamilton has since closed to within 20 points of second on the title table.

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AlphaTauri boss Franz Tost says he never doubted Daniel Ricciardo’s ability to return to form after his dire two seasons at McLaren.

Ricciardo has returned to the team that effectively launched his Formula 1 career to rebuild his reputation, having lost his seat on the grid after being pummelled by Lando Norris over the last two campaigns.

The Australian spent the first six months of the season restoring his driving style in the Red Bull simulator before getting the nod to replace Nyck de Vries at Red Bull sister team AlphaTauri in late July.

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Formula 1’s all-Americas triple-header ends this weekend with the São Paulo Grand Prix at Interlagos in Brazil, one of the sport’s most storied venues.

While both championships are long wrapped up, history is still up for grabs this weekend.

But rather than history that might be etched onto the F1 honour rolls, this is the battle to retain a place in the grand prix story.

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Daniel Ricciardo was surprisingly plucky for a man who’d finished his previous race stone-cold last.

Just days before arriving in Mexico City, Ricciardo had trundled to 15th at the United States Grand Prix, his first race back from a broken hand ending anonymously a lap down from the leaders.

And yet here he was seemingly brimming with confidence for his second crack behind the wheel.

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Max Verstappen is accumulating Formula 1 records so fast that he’s starting to re-break some of his own.

Verstappen’s 16th win of the season eclipses the previous best of 15 set by — you guessed it — himself last season.

Of course you might argue that numbers like these are historically meaningless with so many races in modern F1.

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Daniel Ricciardo outqualified teammate Yuki Tsunoda at the Hungarian Grand Prix, his first race back in Formula 1, but is keeping expectations in check for what he expects to be a grand prix of difficult lessons.

Ricciardo recorded AlphaTauri’s best qualifying result in five races when he put his car 13th on the grid in Budapest, a result that eclipsed all but one of predecessor Nyck de Vries’s Saturday performances.

It also put him four places ahead of new teammate Tsunoda, who was knocked out of qualifying in Q1, albeit with a time just 0.013s slower than the Australian in a super-tight session.

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Sergio Perez says he isn’t concerned about the threat posed by Daniel Ricciardo being back on the grid despite the Australian’s intention to take his Red Bull Racing seat.

Ricciardo is Red Bull Racing’s reserve driver this season but has been loaned to the sister AlphaTauri team to replace the ousted Nyck de Vries for the rest of the year. The sudden switch was made after Ricciardo set a time quick enough to have been on the front row of the British Grand Prix during a Pirelli tire test at Silverstone last week.

The test came just days after Perez started the British race 16th, having been knocked out of Q1 for the third time this season. It was also the sixth time in 10 rounds he had failed to qualify inside the top 10 for a grand prix.

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Daniel Ricciardo is confident he can avoid the same mistakes that almost ended his career at McLaren in his 12-race stint with AlphaTauri.

Ricciardo arrived at McLaren as one of Formula 1’s most highly rated drivers but was mystifyingly incapable of coming to terms with Woking’s cars across two different rule sets.

The eight-time race winner’s problem stemmed from the McLaren’s particular demands on corner entry, with its comparatively weak front axle needing to be loaded up on braking in a way that didn’t mesh with his driving style. Efforts to adjust his method behind the wheel generated little joy, and he was released from the team last year, with a year still to run on his contract.

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FIA-accredited journalist and host of the F1 Strategy Report, Michael Lamonato, joined Matt to discuss Daniel Ricciardo’s huge return to F1 racing.

Daniel Ricciardo’s comeback is on, with the Aussie set to see out the final 12 races of the season in the AlphaTauri seat formerly occupied by Nyck de Vries. But what can we expect from the eight-time race winner in the slowest car on the grid, and should Sergio Pérez be worried about his Red Bull Racing seat?

The only way for Daniel Ricciardo to get back onto the Formula 1 grid in 2024 is to hope Sergio Perez falls on his sword, according to Sky Sports F1 commentator David Croft.

Ricciardo was ousted from McLaren last season and has sought refuge at old team Red Bull Racing as a third driver for 2023 while he decides whether he has the enthusiasm to continue in F1.

The eight-time race winner had options to race in the bottom half of the field this year but said he doesn’t want to stay in the sport just to make up the numbers.

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There could have been no Drive to Survive without Daniel Ricciardo, according to executive producer Paul Martin, as the popular docudrama prepares for an era without the charismatic Aussie.

Drive to Survive’s groundbreaking level of access to the ordinarily clandestine F1 paddock has been widely credited for the sport’s booming popularity by creating a new generation of fans, particularly among younger age groups and in the United States.

Ricciardo fast emerged as one of the unofficial main characters of the series, with the producers magnetised by his larrikin personality and with the Perth native more than willing to play his part in the show’s success.

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Daniel Ricciardo could make his first official outing as the Red Bull Racing third driver with a demonstration run around Mount Panorama at the Bathurst 12 Hour.

The endurance race announced today that Red Bull Racing will send its RB7 show car to the mountain for the 3–5 February event to “attack” the iconic circuit in a series of exhibition runs.

No driver has been named for the program, but Daniel Ricciardo would be an obvious choice.

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McLaren CEO Zak Brown says he’s been unfairly accused of mistreating Daniel Ricciardo in his team’s early split with the Australian.

Ricciardo joined McLaren on a three-year deal in 2021 as one of Formula 1’s most highly rated drivers but was sacked in August this year after 18 months of underperformance.

He will be replaced by compatriot Oscar Piastri from next season.

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From the moment Daniel Ricciardo revealed that he intended to take a year off racing in 2023, his story has been dominated by one question: what are the odds that he gets back onto the grid in 2024?

Giving up a seat on the grid willingly is rare because of how difficult it is to return to the fast-moving driver market. It’s why reception to Ricciardo’s decision to take a break has been met with such lukewarm reviews among former drivers in particular — everyone wants to see him racing again, but the odds would appear to be stacked against his return.

But while Ricciardo’s aim is to return to Formula 1, he’s also made clear that it isn’t his priority, something he came to understand after being sacked by McLaren in August.

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Daniel Ricciardo says the prospect of being contracted to four different teams in six seasons was part of the reason he was turned off a possible Mercedes move for 2023.

Ricciardo confirmed last week that he will return to Red Bull Racing as a third driver next year, reuniting with the team for which he won seven of his eight victories.

He split with Milton Keynes at the end of 2018 for Renault, but in his second year with the French team he uprooted himself a second time to move to McLaren, where his career stalled off the back of two difficult seasons.

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Daniel Ricciardo’s two years at McLaren will go down as one modern Formula 1’s great anomalies.

Ricciardo arrived at the storied Woking team as one of the sport’s most highly rated competitors. His reputation as a formidable racer was established with some cracking victory drives for Red Bull Racing, and though his move to Renault had its critics, his 2020 season for the French team was arguably the best of his career.

Moving to grandee McLaren seemed like a dream match. The team expected to rejoin the frontrunners under the new regulations, and Ricciardo was the obvious candidate to spearhead the push.

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Daniel Ricciardo has hit back at critics of Oscar Piastri and Mark Webber, saying there is no bad blood between Australians in Formula 1 despite him losing his seat to his younger compatriot.

Piastri was announced as Ricciardo’s 2023 McLaren replacement after the British team sacked the eight-time race winner in the middle of the year.

It was later revealed that McLaren had signed a deal for the Aussie Formula 3 and Formula 2 champion in June, two months before it entered negotiations to end Ricciardo’s contract a year early.

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