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Daniel Ricciardo to replace Nyck de Vries at AlphaTauri

He will race for the team starting with the Hungarian Grand Prix onward

The Honey Badger had just finished testing Red Bull's current car on brand-new Pirelli tires at Silverstone. PHOTO FROM FORMULA 1

Well, it looks like Formula 1’s silly season is starting way earlier than expected, and it’s with a driver that nobody thought would get a seat until at least next year.

Daniel Ricciardo will be replacing Nyck de Vries at AlphaTauri from the Hungarian Grand Prix onward. This announcement couldn’t have been more timely as Ricciardo had just finished a tire test for Pirelli at Silverstone using the Red Bull RB19.

Most F1 fans would know that the “Honey Badger” had returned to Red Bull as a “third driver” or someone who would serve as a reserve and simulator driver. This was his gamble to get back into racing with a decent team instead of going with the likes of Haas, even considering AlphaTauri to be a “potential option” for a 2024 seat.

Nyck de Vries’s underwhelming performance was the main reason for his midseason ejection. PHOTO FROM FORMULA 1

As for De Vries, you can consider this to be an abrupt end to his fairy-tale Formula 1 debut after he failed to score a single point in his first 10 races with the team (although he wowed teams as a reserve driver with Williams at the 2022 Italian Grand Prix). His string of unimpressive performances must have drawn the ire of Helmut Marko, hence the sudden midseason driver swap.

Consider Ricciardo’s prayers answered. We’re hoping he will deliver for the rest of the season to impress his bosses at Milton Keynes for a permanent seat next year.

Sam Surla

Sam is the youngest member of our editorial team. And he is our managing editor (believe it or not). He specializes in photography and videography, but he also happens to like writing about cars a lot.