Daniel Ricciardo's F1 future remains quite uncertain for the time being. He recently revealed that taking up the role of a reserve driver has become a realistic possibility for him as options for a seat on the grid are closing down. Only three teams - Alpine, Haas, and Williams - are yet to announce their driver line-up for the 2023 F1 season. If Ricciardo does not end up taking any available seat, then being a reserve for Red Bull or Mercedes is next in line.
Daniel Ricciardo's fans are not happy and have mixed opinions about the situation. While some feel he should have accepted the Indycar offer, some are okay with the role of a reserve driver as long as he gets to stay in F1.
Here's how they reacted on Twitter:
"Painful.... We have not given up. A door will open up"
"Unfortunately if that ends up being the case I feel he may end up like Hulkenberg with the odd appearance and every season talk of a return but ultimately no space on the grid for him. In the long run he would be better walking away from F1"
"He is rumoured to become Mercedes test driver, albeit a role perceived unlikely by many. Anyway, I just hope he'll stay in #F1. Good luck, @danielricciardo !"
Daniel Ricciardo at peace with his two realistic 2023 options
Daniel Ricciardo has maintained a very peaceful attitude throughout this entire situation. He is seeing the best in whatever happens in the future and believes it will all be for a reason.
Ricciardo said to reporters in Singapore,
"It's like a little bit of time away is powerful and reminds you how much you miss it and that's why next year, if I’m not to be racing, then I feel like there could be a blessing in all that."
The Australian driver has remained calm throughout this entire ordeal,
"I mean, it could make me fricking start foaming at the mouth, wanting to get back. So that’s why I’m pumped to be on the grid again – but I’m also seeing positives if that’s not the case."
He further added,
“So that’s why [I’m] at peace with whatever’s going to happen in ’23, because I feel like everything’s going to happen for a reason and all these things will make sense. Having a few weeks off was good to get some headspace, clarity, all those things.”
With only six races left, Daniel Ricciardo's fans are hoping for a successful and memorable end to the season for him.