“I’ll See You Next Year”: Lando Norris Gives Departing Daniel Ricciardo a Proper Send-Off as the Honey Badger’s F1 Career Temporarily Comes to an End

Published 11/20/2022, 12:03 PM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – November 20, 2022 McLaren’s Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo ahead of the race REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

So the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has ended and with that ends the contract of Daniel Ricciardo with Mclaren. Over the time span of two years, the chaotic Mclaren duo has enjoyed their time to the fullest. And now, when the Honey Badger has raced for the final time with the papaya team, the young Briton was emotional. Lando Norris was heard bidding farewell to his teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, over the team’s radio.

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The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has been one of the most important circuits. This year the penultimate race witnessed the masterclass by Max Verstappen as he won his race number 15 in a season of 22 races, extending his own record for most wins in a season. Meanwhile, the Mclaren pair managed to stay within the points. Moreover, the young Briton got the fastest lap as well.

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Lando Norris said some emotional words after crossing the finish line. The words seemed so true, as the papaya duo was one of the most adventurous pairs on the F1 grid. And now when Daniel Ricciardo is leaving, Norris came up with some heart-felt words.

He said on the team radio, Danny Ric, It’s been a pleasure, my friend. Thanks for everything. Thanks for the good times. Thank you for the laughs. Keep up the photography and I’ll see you next year.”

Although Norris’s words might be hard for fans to hear, there are rumors that Daniel Ricciardo will make a comeback in Formula 1 as a reserve driver of Red Bull. There are many speculations regarding the role of the Honey Badger in the Milton Keynes side.

Christian Horner clears the rumors around Daniel Ricciardo’s role in the team

Daniel Ricciardo was finding a seat for next year after the British racing team ended his contract, following a disappointing two-year stint. Throughout the time Ricciardo was linked with other teams and now it seems the Milton Keynes side has swooped the Australian driver.

Formula One F1 – Mexico City Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – October 28, 2022 Red Bull team principal Christian Horner during a press conference REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Red bull advisor Helmut Marko put an end to the speculations around Ricciardo’s future and told Sky Sports Germany,” Ricciardo will be our third driver, We have so many sponsors, we have to do show runs, so of course he’s one of the most high-profile and best-suited.”

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Now, there are rumors that Ricciardo can replace Sergio Perez. Although no such confirmations have come from the Red Bull camp. Instead, Christian Horner said, “nothing had been signed.”

Shutting down all the rumors, Horner said, “No, Daniel’s contract is very specific, We have a contract with Checo [Perez] for the next two years. The partnership of Max and Checo has been phenomenal for us.”

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Daniel Ricciardo is arguably one of the most talented drivers. To lose such a gem would be a big loss for Formula 1. Now only time can show what’s there for the jolly Australian at the pinnacle of motorsport. Do you think Daniel Ricciardo will return to the world of Formula 1 again?

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Aditya Srivastava

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Aditya Srivastava is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. Although he has completed his undergrad in History, due to his passion for the field, he couldn't hold himself back from entering the world of Sports Journalism. Being a huge fan of Formula 1, Aditya has taken up multiple internships and freelancing gigs where he got to pen down his thoughts about the most prestigious form of motor racing in the world.

Edited By: Ranvijay Singh

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