Daniel Ricciardo made a shock return to the System 1 grid, taking a seat at AlphaTauri midseason.
Now he could also be in line for a fulltime seat with AlphaTauri for 2024, in line with Dr. Helmut Marko.
The Pink Bull advisor stated as a lot in a current interview with German outlet Motorsport-Magazin. Providing his first evaluation of Riccardo’s return, Marko opened up about how the veteran driver has modified the temper at AlphaTauri, and put himself in place for a fulltime seat with the crew for 2024.
“The change has had a really constructive impact, when it comes to temper and motivation within the AlphaTauri crew,” stated Marko. “Whereas the hole of De Vries was on common three to 5 tenths, Ricciardo, when you modify for all that, is considerably much less, if not on par with [Yuki] Tsunoda.”
“We now have 9 races left; in these 9 races we’ll watch the way it develops. Tsunoda had an excellent race in Spa, perhaps within the center sector when it was raining a bit an excessive amount of, perhaps he might have had a greater end result,” added Marko. “Daniel was not distant from factors within the dash. This path matches.”
As for 2024, whereas Ricciardo’s said purpose is the “fairytale” return to Pink Bull, Marko believes that AlphaTauri is a extra probably dwelling, so far as subsequent season is worried.
“We all know his targets, however obtain them, whether or not he is able to do a full yr at AlphaTauri subsequent yr with full dedication,” added Marko.
After all, the crew does have choices for 2024 past Ricciardo. Yuki Tsunoda is underneath contract by means of the 2023 season, however has probably earned an extension given his efficiency up to now. Pink Bull junior driver Liam Lawson is, in line with Marko, another choice as nicely for the crew.
“Yuki Tsunoda has steadily improved in and of himself, has his feelings underneath management for essentially the most half, is now additionally conditionally able to driving by means of a GP,” stated Marko. “We now have alternate options, for instance [Liam] Lawson, who’s second in Japan and could be very profitable there and has made a giant leap ahead in his complete growth since he’s been driving in Japan.”
Nonetheless, if Ricciardo certainly desires that fairytale ending, with Sergio Pérez underneath contract with Pink Bull by means of no less than 2024, proving himself yet another yr with AlphaTauri is likely to be his most suitable choice.
Now we’ll see if, as Marko wonders, he’s prepared for the “full dedication.”