Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and McLaren walks in the Paddock prior to the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo Nazionale Monza on September 11, 2022 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

"Then give him a seat; Has control over 4 seats"- Fans slam Red Bull boss for providing false assurances to Daniel Ricciardo amidst uncertain F1 future

Daniel Ricciardo is currently without an F1 seat for 2023 after his contract with McLaren ended a year before it was set to expire, meaning Daniel Ricciardo will leave McLaren at the end of the season.

In an interview with the Beyond The Grid podcast, Ricciardo's former boss, Christian Horner, said he would give the Aussie a seat for 2023 if he was running Alpine. However, this false assurance didn't do much to impress fans.

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"I hope for him he gets another opportunity and gets himself back on the grid for next year." 🗣

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In response to Horner's statement, fans didn't shy away from showing their disappointment on Twitter, asking the Red Bull boss to give Daniel Ricciardo a seat since he had so much to say and has control over four seats:

@F1 THEN GIVE HIM A SEAT!!!! A Max/Daniel reunion would be a dream team for sure. Plus they look for pretty much the same in a car🏼
@F1 Horner has control over 4 seats - he could give Ric a drive in Alpha Taura if the get Alpine to pay them for Gasly release!
@NathanNotLime @F1 What exactly can he do? His drivers are contracted.
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@F1 Common Horner L. It’s time for Daniel’s retirement
@F1 What about giving him a seat for next year if he's running RB?
@F1 Well he's not running Alpine, so...
We don't need to hear every thought Christian has.

Regardless of the fans' reactions, Horner's statement indicates that he wishes well for Daniel Ricciardo. He is still a fan of Ricciardo's driving abilities and believes the Australian will deliver according to his potential once his confidence is back.

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Daniel Ricciardo is still in talks for 2023 F1 seat

Currently without a seat, Daniel Ricciardo has three options left - Alpine, Williams and Haas - as they are the only teams yet to announce their driver line-up for 2023. There have been no direct links with any of these teams yet, but Ricciardo said his team is in talks and is exploring possible options:

"My team is talking to pretty much everyone and they are having conversations. So we are just trying to put it all together and figure out what makes the most sense. So it's not that they're not interested, and while I'm not coming from a place of overconfidence, we are just doing our due diligence and figuring out what's best."

He continued:

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"Trying to see beyond next year, because for me I want be racing but also don't want to be just looking at the next 12 months and not the next 24."
just thinking about renault daniel ricciardo…again

Ricciardo is keeping an optimistic and positive mindset about the future. While his first choice is obviously to be on the grid, he is open to being a reserve driver or taking some time off as well:

"It's like a little bit of time away is powerful and reminds you how much you miss it and that's where next year, if I'm not racing, I feel like there could be a blessing in all that. It could make me start foaming at the mouth wanting to get back, so that's why I'd be pumped to be on the grid again but also seeing positives if that's not the case."

He further added:

"That's why I'm at peace with whatever happens in 2023, because everything is going to happen for a reason and all these things makes sense. Having a couple of weeks off is good for headspace, clarity and all those kinds of things."
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Daniel Ricciardo is also being lauded for his professionalism and 'class act' by the fans for the way he handled the Oscar Piastri situation. He reached out to the Formula 2 champion, wishing him luck and congratulating him for the seat.

With six races left, the Aussie's massive fanbase is hoping for a memorable end to the season.

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