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Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB20, and Daniel Ricciardo, VCARB 01
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The increasing hurdles in front of Ricciardo's potential Red Bull return

Daniel Ricciardo has a prime opportunity to stake his claim to the second Red Bull drive alongside Max Verstappen. But why go back when it didn’t work out first time around? Should the consummate professional see out his F1 career as a safe pair of hands in the sister team? ALEX KALINAUCKAS says the decision may not be entirely in his hands...

“The most excited people when Danny Ricc came back was Netflix.”

Nestling nicely in amongst Williams driver Logan Sargeant’s torturing of the English lexicon is a good point. One the American was making to a Netflix camera in the latest series of Drive to Survive. In 2023, the hit streaming show got back its undisputed biggest star, almost without him ever having to leave.

You can see the production company’s delight in the sixth series, where Ricciardo’s two returns are granted two episodes. But this was no Netflix navel-gazing exercise. The Australian became one of 2023’s biggest stories with his return to replace the ousted Nyck de Vries at what was then called AlphaTauri, plus his own second return – latterly from injury following his crash and broken hand at the Dutch Grand Prix.

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