Former F1 driver Marcus Ericsson, who now competes in the Indycar championship in the United States, does not think Daniel Ricciardo has the desire to join the category next year.
Daniel Ricciardo will leave the McLaren team at the end of this season after the Woking team made the decision to terminate his contract a year earlier than expected to replace him with young compatriot Oscar Piastri from the 2023 season. Officially therefore, Ricciardo has no starting seat in F1 next year and everything suggests that the Australian will not be present on the grid barring a miracle.
The main interested party has already said that he would still like to keep a foot in Formula 1 in 2023 perhaps in a reserve role, in order to focus on a full-time return from 2024, but did not totally ruled out the idea of racing in another category such as Indycar for example in the meantime.
However, Marcus Ericsson – winner of the Indianapolis 500 Miles in 2022 – does not see his former colleague taking the plunge and joining the American series next year.
“I spoke with him in Austin when I was there [au Grand Prix des Etats-Unis]but he doesn’t like ovals, he doesn’t want to drive on them. On the other hand, he was really impressed by this ring [que le gagnant obtient à l’Indy 500 et qui est visible sur la photo d’illustration de cet article, ndlr], so that might be the only thing that could make him change his mind. » jokes the Swede in the columns of Expressen.
« He doesn’t really give the impression that he wants [d’aller en Indycar] right now, at least that’s my feeling. »
On Ricciardo’s struggles over the past two seasons at McLaren, Marcus Ericsson says he’s no stranger to the Australian’s situation, having sometimes struggled to get up to speed himself during his time there. in Formula 1.
“I know from experience that when you’re not comfortable in a car, you easily lose confidence, and it becomes a downward spiral in the wrong direction. »
“He’s a very good driver, he hasn’t forgotten how to drive a car fast. But it’s about finding confidence in the car and having a car that suits your driving style and having confidence in what you’re doing. »