Daniel Ricciardo laces up for Tire Test at Silverstone

F1: Ricciardo could race a Red Bull in 2025 – Horner

(GMM) Daniel Ricciardo is a contender to return to a Red Bull Racing seat in 2025 – but not next season, according to team boss Christian Horner.

Horner denied suggestions Australian Ricciardo, 33, has been loaned to Alpha Tauri for longer than just the end of the season.

“There are no other plans,” he told the Formula 1 podcast.

“Our two drivers for the next season are Max and Checo (Perez). But it’s always good when you still have talent on the bench.

“Obviously Daniel wants to recommend himself for the Red Bull cockpit in 2025. He sees the route via Alpha Tauri as the best option,” Horner added.

Ricciardo’s return to the grid from this weekend in Hungary is at the expense of struggling rookie Nyck de Vries – whose mid-season ousting has been described by former Red Bull champion Sebastian Vettel as “harsh” and “brutal”.

“Expectations were high,” Horner insisted. “It wouldn’t have made sense to wait any longer.

“We wanted to give Daniel the chance to drive these 12 races so that he can show what he’s got.”

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