Worn Out Daniel Ricciardo Begs for a Breather From Red Bull Family After a Miserable 2022

Published 12/11/2022, 11:45 AM EST

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It is back to Square 1 for Daniel Ricciardo. After what was a merry-go-round of switching teams over 4 years, the Australian driver has made his comeback to Red Bull. While Daniel is out of a full-time drive, he is still looking to start a new chapter of his career at a team that is his 2nd home.

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Daniel Ricciardo is back with Red Bull as a 3rd driver. As the Aussie was perhaps not willing to take any midfield seats, he signed up in a reserve role at his former team. Even Red Bull is delighted to welcome back Daniel, as they posted several videos of his comeback to Milton Keynes.

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Meanwhile, the most recent footage of Ricciardo is a video message he sent for the Red Bull Christmas party. Ricciardo usually loves parties. But with the miserable season he endured in 2022, he may have chosen to be back home in Australia.

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Because Ricciardo was not available for the party, he sent his video message to the Red Bull family. As per an Instagram story by a party attendee, Daniel said, “Just give me a break guys Alright! Give me a break. I’m excited to be back, I’m back. I am excited to see many familiar faces.”

The weary nature of Ricciardo’s current condition psychologically was evident. As the Honey Badger addressed the Red Bull party in a pretty mellow fashion.

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Being back at RBR may just be the ideal scenario for the 33-year-old driver. While he looks to sort out his career, he will get the support of people who probably match his vibes and passion for the sport.

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Ricciardo achieved just one podium for McLaren, which was his 2021 race win in Italy. Besides that, he struggled badly alongside Lando Norris, forcing the papaya team to drop him for 2023. This certainly raised questions about whether Danny Ric should have stayed at RBR in the first place.

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The amount of success he got with the Bulls was quite good. Although the car was not at its best during Daniel’s time, he surely knew its potential. The strategy and team dynamic with Max Verstappen fitted well, barring a few instances. If he might have sorted out the issues, we may have seen a different turn of events at Milton Keynes.

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7 of his 8 race wins, and multiple podiums came with Red Bull. Those could have been better numbers if the Aussie would have stayed post-2018. Even he knows the connections he established with Christian Horner and Helmut Marko have managed to help him stay around the F1 paddock for 2023.

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After a rather forgettable 2022 season, Ricciardo might reflect on his entire journey of F1 and the mistakes he made. While he has got spare time, this is his opportunity to rejuvenate himself and prepare for a comeback. What do you think? Can the Honey Badger get his nickname changed to Phoenix?

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Aishwary Gaonkar

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Aishwary Gaonkar is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his postgrad, he has set out to venture into the world of Sports Journalism. He is an ardent fan of F1 and has been following the most prestigious form of motor racing for over a decade now.
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