Daniel Ricciardo’s eyes mild up when he will get a shock go to from an excellent – and really well-known – mate as Aussie prepares for his F1 return with AlphaTauri
- Ricciardo was testing at Silverstone throughout British GP
- Aussie will return to the grid with AlphaTauri
- Had a really particular customer at Crimson Bull tyre take a look at
Daniel Ricciardo obtained a really nice shock when an previous teammate of his ambushed him as he took Crimson Bull’s automotive by way of its paces at Silverstone throughout final weekend’s British Grand Prix.
The Aussie was spectacular in the course of the tyre take a look at within the all-conquering Crimson Bull RB19 and was named to switch AlphaTauri’s rookie Nick De Vries for the remainder of the season shortly afterwards.
Ricciardo was stopped in pit lane together with his helmet off when the well-known determine walked up and handed him a drink and a clipboard.
The Aussie regarded up and his eyes went huge in amazement as he recognised his former Crimson Bull teammate and four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel.
A cut up second later Ricciardo broke into one among his trademark beaming grins earlier than the previous associates shared a chat and amusing.
Ricciardo was shocked when he first realised who was handing him a drink and a clipboard as he put the Crimson Bull by way of its paces at Silverstone final weekend
As soon as the Aussie soaked in who he was chatting with, the previous Crimson Bull teammates shared amusing and a fast chat
Vettel spent the 2014 season with Ricciardo at Crimson Bull earlier than leaving for Ferrari, however the pair have remained good mates.
Final November the 34-year-old stated the German famous person had been a ‘true good friend’ as he struggled by way of a horror 12 months with McLaren.
‘He is picked up the telephone a number of instances this 12 months, and simply been a good friend, and simply, like, exhibiting care, simply checking in, checking in as a real good friend would do,’ Ricciardo stated.
‘To have associates like that’s so vital. However it’s additionally not that widespread, by way of the grid.
‘We get on with drivers, and also you do construct friendships, however to have that sort of deeper degree of friendship … some gestures he made this 12 months, and among the kindness he confirmed in direction of me was, in a method, sort of surprising.’
The pair drove for Crimson Bull in 2014 and have stayed shut since, with Ricciardo praising Vettel for being a ‘true good friend’ as he struggled by way of a horror season with McLaren final 12 months
The Aussie (pictured throughout testing at Silverstone final weekend) is lastly getting one other begin on the F1 grid, this time with AlphaTauri
Ricciardo can lastly take a look at these troubles within the rear-view mirror after securing his return to the grid with AlphaTauri, which is owned by Crimson Bull.
He’ll drive his first race for them on the Hungarian Grand Prix subsequent weekend.
‘I’m stoked to be again on observe with the Crimson Bull household,’ the Australian stated in a press release.
AlphaTauri group principal Franz Tost added: ‘I’m more than happy to welcome Daniel again into the group. There’s little doubt about his driving expertise, and he already is aware of many people, so his integration will probably be simple and straight ahead.
‘The group may also revenue rather a lot from his expertise, as he’s an eight-time Components One Grand Prix winner.’
De Vries hasn’t been capable of replicate his kind in lower-tier racing in his first season with Alpha Tauri and, together with fellow rookie Logan Sargeant, is the one driver but to attain some extent this 12 months.
Ricciardo returned to Crimson Bull as reserve driver this 12 months after parting methods with McLaren 12 months sooner than deliberate following two unsuccessful seasons.