Daniel Ricciardo says he will have a run in AlphaTauri’s simulator next week as he aims to return to racing after breaking his hand.Zandvoort.
Ricciardo has missed the last four races since he was injured. Red Bull reserve driver Liam Lawson has stood in for him during that time.
The injury occurred when Ricciardo spun into a barrier in turn three at Zandvoort while avoiding the McLaren of Oscar Piastri, who had crashed in front of him. Ricciardo, who was making his third appearance for AlphaTauri since replacing Nyck de Vries in their line-up, broke a metacarpal in his left hand and underwent an operation on it shortly afterwards.
He told Perth Now his recovery is “coming along” and his simulator run early next week will help decide how soon he can return.
“That’s kind of my first test really to see where I’m at and simply make a call from there,” said Ricciardo.
“I definitely want to be out there in – call it the next few weeks, that’s the plan. Probably early next week I should know.”
The next F1 round will take place at Qatar’s Losail International Circuit from October 6th-8th. After that there is a two-week break until the following round at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. That is the first of five races in a six-week run which will conclude the 2023 season.
Despite Ricciardo’s enforced absence, AlphaTauri has confirmed he will continue to drive for them next year alongside Yuki Tsunoda.
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