Former F1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve mentioned he understands why Daniel Ricciardo wouldn’t be on the radar of F1 groups with open seats for subsequent yr, additional questioning why Alpine can be thinking about a reunion with the Australian.
As the Aussie considers his place subsequent yr after his latest contract buyout from McLaren, he has six races left in 2022 to persuade the opposite groups to provide him a possibility with vacancies at Williams, Alfa Romeo, Alpine and Haas.
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Ricciardo has been linked with Haas in a number of reviews, however crew principal Guenther Steiner performed down the rumours.
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Chatting with F1 TV, Villeneuve was blunt when requested if Ricciardo ought to be a precedence for these groups subsequent season.
“Why would he be?” the 1997 world champion mentioned.
“He had two horrible years at Renault and two much more horrible years at McLaren. That is 4 years. Nearly half of his System 1 profession was dangerous.
“Alpine haven’t any motive to take him, particularly when he is pushed there earlier than.
“The fashionable vehicles simply do not appear to go well with his driving type.
“He was spectacular at Pink Bull. He confirmed superb overtaking manoeuvres. He was forward of Max at the start. However ultimately Max began to get a deal with on him. Then he switched. And after the swap one thing appears to have occurred that he by no means managed to get a deal with on. He by no means recovered from that.”
Ricciardo has underwhelmed since leaving Pink Bull in 2018 with a solely a few podium finishes in late 2020 and final yr’s triumph at Monza the one moments to hold his hat on.
If Ricciardo’s off mic feedback to Mexico’s Sergio Perez following the Dutch Grand Prix are something to go by, the Perth driver could take a break from F1 subsequent yr and return in 2024. Nonetheless, Villeneuve warned in opposition to such an concept.
“It may make him lazy,” he defined.
“You possibly can take a yr off for those who’re an Alonso, a Schumacher, for those who’ve been world champion and gained a variety of races, if you recognize within the paddock that you will all the time be at your finest, it doesn’t matter what season. After 4 dangerous years do not do this.
“You are taking what you will get. When you have a proposal to drive in System 1, then you definately take each cockpit. In public you’ll say, ‘You do not wish to drive for one of many again groups’, but when that is the one contract you will get, then you definately’ll signal it.”
Haas principal, Steiner, additionally highlighted Ricciardo’s lack of type lately when requested about his probabilities of becoming a member of the crew.
“I’ve talked to a lot of the potential drivers, which is my job,” he mentioned at Monza.
“There’s nothing concrete but, however we solely wish to take the smallest dangers for the event of the crew. You possibly can take a giant threat which is nice when it really works, however it’s dangerous when it would not.
“There are none of these (skilled and technical drivers) who’re at present available on the market. Besides possibly Daniel (Ricciardo), however his type is not nice for the time being and we do not know what he will do. Perhaps he’ll sit out a yr. As I mentioned, I speak to everybody.”
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