F1 rookie De Vries was dropped by the Faenza team last week and has been changed by former McLaren driver Ricciardo from this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
When requested by Autosport if he had sympathy for de Vries, Ricciardo cited his personal expertise of getting back from a spell out of the cockpit within the first half of this season for instance of what can occur.
“For positive you are feeling for different drivers,” stated Ricciardo, who was himself dropped by McLaren for Oscar Piastri.
“We put a life’s work into this. And so it is a kind of ones the place I do I really feel for Nyck.
“I do know in F1 he’s not notably skilled, however in motor racing he’s. He’s in his late 20s.
“So I really feel like he is mature sufficient to know the game. And if he nonetheless desires it to work, I feel he can get again up and make one thing occur.
“So yeah, I have a look at me a 12 months in the past, I wasn’t positive if I will ever race an F1 automotive once more. And a 12 months later, right here I’m. So issues can occur. In fact, if he nonetheless desires it, hold his chin up.
“It is like something in life, you get knocked down, nevertheless it’s the way you get again up. And I want him effectively. And if I ever noticed him on the grid once more, then I will be blissful too.”
Daniel Ricciardo, Scuderia AlphaTauri
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In the meantime Alex Albon, who was himself dropped by Purple Bull on the finish of the 2020 season and spent the next 12 months racing in DTM whereas appearing because the workforce’s third driver, stated he understood how Ricciardo may return refreshed after a break.
The Williams driver stated: “I had a 12 months out, he is had somewhat bit much less, however I actually do suppose that 12 months helped me.
“While you’re within the circus, and issues aren’t going effectively, and also you’re simply going race to race to race, you are not likely in a position to replicate and to know actually what is going on on, you simply really feel such as you’re within the washer somewhat bit.
“And having that point, it is vital to have the ability to replicate and to enhance. But it surely’s additionally simply purely good within the sense the place you get time away, and you’ll totally reset mentally.
“As a result of the reset is essential, you begin to lose a little bit of confidence and having time away I feel removes the demons in some respects.
“I valued my time in DTM, as a result of it was really driving one thing somewhat bit completely different. But it surely gave me confidence in a unique type of approach, I used to be nonetheless driving a racing automotive. So you continue to wanted to be assured and driving that automotive type of did that to me.”
Albon added that he “began extra assured than I left” when he did return to F1 forward of the 2022 season, and believes Ricciardo can expertise the same profit after two troublesome seasons at McLaren.
“Simply seeing Daniel and seeing the thrill he has, I feel that is occurred to him as effectively,” he stated.