Daniel Ricciardo announced earlier this year that he would be leaving McLaren at the end of the 2022 season; Ricciardo returns to Red Bull after leaving the team for Renault at the end of 2018; Ricciardo to be third driver involved in testing, simulator work and commercial activities
Daniel Ricciardo is “excited to be coming back home” after being confirmed as Red Bull’s third driver for the 2023 Formula 1 season.
Ricciardo rejoins Red Bull, who he left at the end of 2018 for Renault, after leaving McLaren at the end of the 2022 season.
“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,” Ricciardo said.
“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!”
The 33-year-old is an eight-time race winner – seven of which came during his first spell with Red Bull – and his duties with the team in 2023 will include testing and simulator work, as well as commercial activity.