Daniel Ricciardo’s gorgeous return to the Components 1 grid was lower quick virtually as shortly because it occurred. The driving force suffered an damage within the second apply session forward of the Dutch Grand Prix after he swerved into the wall to keep away from a collision with Oscar Piastri, and the ensuing damaged bone in his left hand required surgical procedure.
Now the AlphaTauri driver is updating followers on his restoration, sharing this picture of the scar on social media:
The “comparatively” in Ricciardo’s caption is doing loads of work right here.
Ricciardo’s return to the grid has touched off hypothesis about his future at AlphaTauri, and even with Crimson Bull itself. Sergio Pérez is below contract by the 2024 season, however his up-and-down efficiency this season, significantly in qualifying, has opened the door to questions on his future with the staff.
Whereas Ricciardo calls a return to Crimson Bull the “fairytale” ending, he’ll must get again on the observe quickly to make his case. In his absence Liam Lawson has carried out admirably, ending forward of fellow AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda at each the Dutch Grand Prix and the Italian Grand Prix. Nevertheless, each these outcomes want a little bit of context, as Tsunoda was dropped just a few spots on account of a penalty at Zandvoort, and his AT04 skilled an engine failure previous to the beginning at Monza.
Nonetheless, with Lawson ending eleventh within the Italian Grand Prix, he has proven promise, placing strain on the present AlphaTauri lineup to ship.