Since he was already familiar with the Austrian team, Daniel Ricciardo thought that returning to Red Bull would be advantageous. The Australian, who lost his drive at McLaren and won’t be on the grid in 2023, thought that Red Bull’s recent achievements and accomplishments influenced his choice.
When asked about his decision to join Red Bull by Sportskeeda in Abu Dhabi, the Australian responded as follows:
“Yes, I believe there were, and there are still many potential benefits. But I’m not sure how we’ll react to that. I’m not sure how else to respond to it. They are performing well, so it may be nice, but we’ll have to wait and see.”
When Daniel Ricciardo talked with Sportskeeda in Abu Dhabi, the decision was still up in the air. It hadn’t been officially announced until Helmut Marko told Sky Sports Germany.
When it comes to a development driver or third driver’s position, Daniel Ricciardo is dubious about whether his old team is the best choice for him. But their top form and performance made it the better choice.
Daniel Ricciardo thinks that choosing Red Bull for 2023 was made simpler by his acquaintance with them
The departing McLaren driver made light of the fact that although familiarity with the Red Bull organization played a part in his decision, money was undoubtedly not the main consideration. Mercedes was also mentioned in connection with Daniel Ricciardo, who acknowledged speaking with them.
The Australian received a call from Mercedes, but he had no interest in serving as their backup driver or joining a minor team like Haas, according to Motorsport Network.
The 33-year-old driver said that Red Bull’s comfortable settings are the reason why he would choose that setting to take a breather and regain his confidence while taking a break from the sport.
Daniel Ricciardo explained why he opted for Red Bull over Mercedes in his statement.
“Without a doubt, that (money). I am past all of that bullshit and blather. I’m not really sure about the time, either. Yes, I think that’s the fundamental issue. Well, it wasn’t the key factor.”
“But I think a little amount of familiarity had a role in my little leaning toward Red Bull. Going back to something familiar could be a little, I won’t say easy, but in a way possibly easier because I’ve been moving about a lot lately.”
A racing seat for 2023 was not an option, according to the recently announced Red Bull reserve driver, who had made the decision that he wanted a sabbatical from the sport.