The Australian has missed the final three grands prix following his FP2 crash at Zandvoort, and won’t partake on this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix as Liam Lawson continues to deputise.
It was advised that Ricciardo could also be in line to race on the returning Qatar spherical, however the resumption of his 2023 F1 comeback seems set to be pushed again to permit additional time to recuperate from his accident.
AlphaTauri head of trackside engineering Jonathan Eddolls defined that the group has a simulator programme deliberate for Ricciardo to evaluate the mobility and any lingering results of the crash in his hand.
He added that the group won’t pressure the Australian to return prematurely, and that it might be “some time away” earlier than Ricciardo is again in an F1 seat.
“He is nonetheless going via that restoration section. We’re nonetheless speaking some time away, so we would not need to put a goal on it. The restoration goes effectively. We have some simulator work deliberate earlier than a return,” Eddolls defined.
“I believe from our facet and his facet, there isn’t any rush to get him again too early. The worst factor could be to come back again earlier than it is correctly healed and trigger any points. So watch this area.
“The simulator is an excellent illustration of the automobile, the entire hundreds, et cetera. I believe the ultimate determination is greater than possible going to come back from him fairly than from us.
“He’ll know higher than anybody how is the ache and the way is the restoration. We’re not placing him beneath strain to come back again. We have a pool of three good drivers for the time being, so there isn’t any massive rush.
Daniel Ricciardo, Scuderia AlphaTauri within the paddock with Mark Webber
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“The main target is on him making a full restoration in order that when he comes again, it isn’t some extent that is even talked about.
Eddolls added that Lawson could also be set for “extra races” on the group in Ricciardo’s stead, and that he had impressed the group together with his “strong” begin to his F1 profession amid a last-minute call-up at Zandvoort.
Lawson bagged his first factors final day trip in Singapore, after ending ninth behind Crimson Bull’s Sergio Perez.
“He is obtained on top of things very, in a short time. Yuki has nonetheless obtained the sting on him, which is completely to be anticipated with the expertise. However I believe the truth that he is obtained into Q3, he scored factors very early in a automobile that is not probably the most aggressive, and at occasions troublesome to drive.
“I believe from what we see in comparison with a few of our earlier drivers, he is up there and he is obtained the potential.
“I believe we’re all excited for extra races working with him within the meantime, whereas we look forward to Daniel to get well.”