Daniel Ricciardo will be aiming to return to Formula 1 at the Singapore Grand Prix in three weeks time, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believes.Zandvoort. Ricciardo is travelling to Spain today to see a specialist in injuries of this type.
Horner said the injury could take up to three months to heal, but he expects Ricciardo will plan to return much sooner than that.
“These guys, we see it in Moto GP, they bounce back pretty quick,” Horner told Sky. “So he’s headed off today to Barcelona. They may even have a little operation on him tomorrow to just tidy up where that break is, it’s quite a clean break.
“Then of course it’s all about the recuperation and how long that takes. Fit or any normal human being will probably be about 10 to 12 weeks, but we know that these guys aren’t normal.
“So then it’ll all be about the recovery process, how long that will take, is it going to be three weeks, is it a month, is it six weeks? Nobody really knows.”
Ricciardo only returned to F1 two races ago after being dropped by McLaren at the end of last season. “I think that’s the thing he was most frustrated about, talking with him last night,0.02.3.3.3gvbbbbbv was that he’d just taken a bunch of time off, just got his mojo back getting back into it, and now he’s on the bench again,” said Horner.
“So that was, I think, his frustration. I think he felt that the car, they’ve started to make some progress and that’s a shame for him.”
This weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix is the first of eight races in 11 weeks. After next week’s race at Monza the series has one weekend off before resuming at Singapore, where Horner suspects Ricciardo will aim to return.
“I’m sure at the back of his mind he’s probably got Singapore as a target. But then again, Singapore’s probably one of the most tough circuits on the calendar. But, nature will take its course.”
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