Daniel Ricciardo’s return to the System 1 grid acquired a tough setback on Friday. The AlphaTauri driver hit the wall through the second observe session, and suffered a damaged bone in his left hand. The harm reduce brief his Dutch Grand Prix, opening the door for Liam Lawson to make his F1 debut.
Talking on the Dutch Grand Prix on Saturday forward of qualifying, Purple Bull Group Principal Christian Horner outlined each the scope of the driving force’s therapy plan, and when Ricciardo might probably return to the observe.
“He’s headed off as we speak to Barcelona. They might actually have a little operation on him tomorrow to tidy up the place that break is, it’s fairly a clear break,” stated Horner to Sky Sports activities.
“Then in fact it’s all concerning the recuperation and the way lengthy that takes. Any regular human being can be 10-12 weeks however we all know that these guys aren’t regular,” added the Purple Bull boss.
“So it’s going to all be concerning the restoration course of – is it going to be three weeks? Will or not it’s a month? Is it six weeks? No one actually is aware of,” continued Horner.
Whether it is three weeks, that would imply that Ricciardo misses only one extra race. Following the Dutch Grand Prix, the grid heads to Monza for the Italian Grand Prix. Then the groups have every week off earlier than heading to Marina Bay for the Singapore Grand Prix, which might give Ricciardo that one final week he must get well.
“I’m positive in the back of his thoughts he’s bought Singapore as a goal,” stated Horner.
Nevertheless, which may not be the best setting for a return from an harm like this.
The Marina Bay Avenue Circuit is among the hardest challenges for drivers every season. With 19 turns, the drivers are working the wheel all through the lap — which might pose an issue for Ricciardo given the character of his harm — and if you add within the warmth, humidity, and G-forces drivers endure over the course of a single lap, it will be a real problem for Ricciardo if he rushes again for Singapore.
“However, then once more, Singapore might be one of many hardest circuits on the calendar,” define Horner. “So nature will take its course.”