Ricciardo will leave McLaren at the end of the season after agreeing a mutual split with one year left on his contract after toiling away at Woking.

Ricciardo has made it clear that he is not going to rush into a decision about his future, but is still keen to continue racing in Formula 1 if the right opportunity arises.

Speaking on the Fitzy and Wippa radio show in Australia on Friday, Ricciardo said he still didn’t know what his future held, but that he was looking closely at his options with his management team.

“When I say I don’t know, I don’t have a contract for next year yet,” Ricciardo said.

“Could it still happen? It could. Guess I won’t be too late next year. Of course I want to race, I want to be on the grid, I want to compete.

“But I don’t see next year as all or nothing. Obviously, 2024 is something I want to know about and watch.

“So I’m like, if that means taking a step back to then take two steps forward, that’s what we’re trying to figure out right now, me and my team. So this could be a year off.”

Ricciardo added that if he took a year off, he “would still be aiming to be back on the grid in 2024.”

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren, arrives on the grid

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The only vacancies for 2023 are in alpine, Alfa RomeoHaas and Williamsalthough it is unclear what interest those teams have in Ricciardo.

Alpine set its sights on signing Pierre Gaslywho is under contract to Alpha Tauriwho in turn spoke to Nick de Vries as a possible replacement.

De Vries is also attracting interest from Alpine, who tested for the team in Hungary this week, as well as Williams, with whom he made his F1 debut at Monza as a back-up Alex Albon.

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Alfa Romeo is expected to retain Zhou Guanyu after an impressive rookie season, while Haas is known to have Antonio Giovinazzi and Nico Hulkenberg high on the 2023 shortlist.

Ricciardo has been linked with a potential reserve role in the Mercedes for 2023, but Lewis Hamilton said he thought the Australian was “too talented” not to race next year.


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