Red Bull has confirmed that Daniel Ricciardo will rejoin the team in a third driver role for the 2023 Formula 1 season.
Ricciardo spent the last two years racing for McLaren, but a difficult stint at the Woking-based squad saw him opt to part ways with the team one year prior to the original conclusion of his contract.
The Australian driver has long asserted that while he wouldn’t be racing full-time in 2023, he was keen to take on a sideline role with a team and remain active in F1 circles.
His destination is now confirmed to be Red Bull, where he will undertake testing and sim work, as well as commercial activities.
“The smile says it all, I’m truly excited to be coming back home to Oracle Red Bull Racing as their Third Driver in 2023,” Ricciardo said. “I already have so many fond memories of my time here, but the welcome from Christian, Dr Marko and the entire team is something I’m sincerely appreciative of.
“For me personally, the ability to contribute to and be surrounded by the best team in F1 is hugely appealing, whilst also giving me some time to recharge and refocus. I can’t wait to be with the team and support with simulator work, testing sessions and commercial activities. Let’s go!”
Ricciardo raced for Red Bull from 2014 to 2018, taking seven grand prix wins with the team.
He was part of the Red Bull junior academy during his single-seater career, and spent two seasons racing for Toro Rosso in F1 before his promotion further up the F1 field.
Red Bull Racing Team Principal and CEO Christian Horner added: “It is great to bring Daniel back into the Red Bull family. He has enormous talent and such a brilliant character; I know the whole factory is excited to be welcoming him home.
“In his role as test and third driver, Daniel will give us the chance to diversify, assisting in the development of the car, aiding the team with his experience and knowledge of what it takes to succeed in F1.
“We’re very pleased to be working with Daniel again and look forward to everything he will bring to the team in 2023.”
Ricciardo is hopeful of returning to the F1 grid in 2024.