Daniel Ricciardo has now confirmed Gunter Steiner’s suspicions that the Australian is unwilling to pursue his F1 racing dream with Haas in 2023.

Daniel Ricardo now confirmed Gunter SteinerThere are suspicions that the Australian does not want to maintain his racing dream in Formula 1 Haas in 2023.

Team boss Steiner said in Austin that he didn’t know why the axe McLaren the driver seemed to prefer a reserve seat in a top team next year to a full-time midfield racing seat.

Ricciardo isn’t even in midfield at the moment as he finished 16th in the US Grand Prix compared to his teammate Lando Norris‘ sixth in the checkered flag.

“Honestly, it was so far off the pace that I just can’t lean on it, can’t push, can’t get time. To have that much margin again is a mystery,” he said. .

“Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it does. I don’t know how I’m going to go on because it’s painful to say nothing.”

Ricciardo was thought to have been set to become Mercedes’ official reserve next year, but stronger rumors now suggest he is close to signing up for a similar role at Red Bull.

“I don’t know, it’s just a rumor right now,” Ricciardo said when asked in Austin.

“I say? Yeah. But we haven’t put pen to paper or anything like that yet.”

He also ditched the McLaren supremo Zach BrownOffer to move to Indycar.

“Ovals, really, no,” Ricardo said. “Ten years ago, I would have said yes.” But I can honestly say that I don’t feel good with ovals.”

However, interestingly, he also said no to Haas.

“With what’s available now, it’s better to focus on something else,” he insisted. “I guess I better stick to my plan.”

2009 world champion Jenson Button admits that Ricciardo’s situation is not only “sad” but also “strange”.

“It’s tough,” he told Sky UK. “I don’t think it’s proven. Daniel will always want to fight, but it just doesn’t work for him.”

As for the back-up driver plan, Button said the move for the 33-year-old eight-time Grand Prix winner was simply “strange”.

“It’s just amazing to me. It doesn’t work,” he said. “But obviously that’s what he decided to do.

“I would like him to race in Formula 1 in a team further down the grid. Then he will be able to prove himself once again and maybe move up further in the network.

“But as the third driver, people will just remember his last race of the year.”

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