The Aussie is presently with out a seat for 2023 after being let go by McLaren. He was on account of spend another yr with the Woking-based outfit, however amid his ongoing struggles for type and consistency the crew determined to chop their losses and exchange him with 2021 F2 champion Oscar Piastri.
Regardless of being an eight-time race winner and providing a bucket load of expertise, groups haven’t been falling over themselves to signal Ricciardo. As a substitute, those that nonetheless have vacancies are wanting elsewhere.
One in all them is Alpine – his former employer once they have been nonetheless branded as Renault. A return seemed to be on the playing cards within the quick aftermath of his McLaren launch however, since then, Pierre Gasly has change into the primary goal.
Even when they fail to prise the Frenchman away from AlphaTauri, Alpine nonetheless look extra more likely to flip to academy prospect Jack Doohan to associate Esteban Ocon subsequent yr. However Horner wish to see them give Ricciardo one final probability to impress.
“I feel I in all probability would [sign the Australian] to be sincere with you,” he advised F1’s Beyond the Grid podcast. “They clearly know him from a few seasons in the past and he was very collectively throughout his final season there, scoring podiums, and I feel he is the kind of man that, I feel you can rebuild him.
“It is clearly not been an incredible expertise for him [at McLaren] for no matter purpose however you simply should assume again to among the drives that he did for us, among the wins he had, the podiums, among the gorgeous overtakes he was able to… that is nonetheless in there I am certain, he simply wants a little bit of a reset. You do not simply neglect tips on how to ship so I hope for him he will get one other alternative and will get himself again on the grid for subsequent yr.”
That opinion is in stark distinction to the one held by 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve, who can not perceive why a crew with Alpine’s ambitions would even contemplate Ricciardo given his latest type. “He is accomplished two terrible years at Renault, two even worse years at McLaren, that is 4 years and the way lengthy has he been in F1 complete?” the Canadian mentioned.
“Virtually half his F1 profession has been unhealthy and that is when he is had expertise, so there is not any purpose, particularly for a crew he has already pushed for. It appears like the trendy vehicles do not swimsuit his driving model as a result of he was spectacular at Crimson Bull, he did some wonderful overtaking, he was forward of Max [Verstappen] however Max was new to F1 and by the tip of the season Max was beginning to get the higher of him and that is when he switched.”