Daniel Ricciardo has shared an update on his plans, as well as giving an insight into his reserve driver role at Red Bull.
Having been left without a seat on the F1 grid for 2023 following his split from McLaren, Ricciardo admits that he is focused on being a “team player” at the Milton Keynes-based squad for the year ahead.
The Australian faced a difficult two years in the sport between 2021 and 2022, and subsequently is keen to remind people that he is “contributing to success” with Red Bull.
Ricciardo outlines goals at Red Bull
“From a professional point of view, this year is really about being a team player at Red Bull,” Ricciardo wrote in a column on LinkedIn.
“I’m back in an environment and ultimately a family that I have a lot of good memories with and it feels really good to be back there. But it’s not about me this year, it’s about the wider team and trying to contribute and help them where I can.
“Jumping into the simulator, learning their car and helping shape the development are all things I’m focused on doing. In turn that will develop my abilities, my confidence and my enjoyment behind the wheel.
“It’s been a tough couple of years professionally, so there’s an element of that competitor in me wanting to remind people that I’m still here, still a professional and still contributing to success.”
Ricciardo admits ‘luxury’ to setting personal goals
After being on the Formula 1 grid since 2011, Ricciardo is making the most of currently having more free time, having previously spoken of his desire to return to racing in 2024.
“From a personal perspective, this year for me is really feeling like a bit of a luxury to have the opportunity to do things that I’ve always wanted to and not had the time,” the 33-year-old said.
“I don’t want the year to pass me by, because if I am racing again next year, I’ll wish I’d made the most of the free time whilst I had it.”
During his hiatus from racing, Ricciardo has set out three main personal goals: travelling on his own terms; spending more time with his family and friends; and improving his skills on two wheels.