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Australian F1 star Daniel Ricciardo is ready to FINALLY decide his future as Mercedes looms

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Aussie F1 star Daniel Ricciardo is FINALLY set to decide his future in the sport after leaving the hospitality of a team at the Singapore GP: but where is the ‘Honey Badger’ going?

  • Aussie star is reportedly in ‘advanced stage’ of negotiations with Mercedes
  • Daniel Ricciardo to join F1 powerhouse Mercedes as reserve driver
  • Ricciardo was spotted leaving the Mercedes garage in Singapore last week

Daniel Ricciardo looks very close to securing his future in Formula 1 as reports have emerged that the popular Aussie is at an ‘advanced stage’ in negotiations to join Mercedes as a backup driver for next year. year.

Ricciardo, 33, is weighing his options after being eliminated by McLaren after a disappointing 2022 campaign that saw the team recruit young Aussie Oscar Piastri for 2023.

The eight-time race winner is running out of options with only Williams and Haas seats still appearing to be available – as reports link current Mercedes reserve Nick De Vries with a move to Alpha Tauri, which would allow Pierre Gasly to join you. to Alpine.

Daniel Ricciardo (pictured in a recent Instagram post) looks very close to securing his future in Formula 1 as reports emerged that the popular Aussie is at an ‘advanced stage’ in negotiations to join Mercedes. closing as backup driver for next year

As reported in August, Mercedes is considering the Australian as an option to replace seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, whose contract expires in 2023.

And according to French broadcasters Canal+, the “advanced” level of negotiations indicates that Ricciardo is going there as a reserve driver.

Last week, Ricciardo was also spotted leaving the Mercedes garage for the Grand Prix, fueling speculation that he could be heading that way.

The Australian left the Mercedes garage in Singapore

He was very conspicuous and left through the front door

Daniel Ricciardo was spotted leaving the Mercedes garage with an important hint about his future

Former Red Bull driver and Oscar Piastri’s manager Mark Webber revealed he had spoken with Ricciardo this weekend.

He said the Aussie was still weighing his options but believes Mercedes would be his best bet.

“I had a good chat with him last night,” Webber said during qualifying in Singapore.

“I still don’t think he’s sure. A Merc reserve driver role? Who knows how long Lewis (Hamilton) will go on?

“Merc, a pretty handy operation, so it’s something he might consider.”

Suggestions that Ricciardo could take over from Hamilton have been looming of late, especially given the 37-year-old’s disillusionment with the sport over how the 2021 season ended in Abu Dhabi.

Mercedes is considering Ricciardo (pictured above ahead of the Singapore GP) as an option to replace seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, whose contract expires in 2023.

Mercedes is considering Ricciardo (pictured above ahead of the Singapore GP) as an option to replace seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, whose contract expires in 2023.

However, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff believes Hamilton said he has five years left in Formula 1.

“We are completely transparent with each other,” Wolff told Channel 4.

“We also talk about the future, and I think it’s very easy. Lewis will be the first to say, ‘I can’t do this anymore because I feel like I don’t have the reactions anymore, or I just don’t enjoy doing it anymore and there’s another generation growing up that’s just very is strong’.

“So I have no doubt that whatever we agree on a contract extension, what’s going to happen, we’ll both always talk very openly about ‘what’s next?’

Former F1 star Mark Webber believes Daniel Ricciardo's (pictured above in 2014) is the best bet to sign with powerhouse Mercedes as reserve driver

Former F1 star Mark Webber believes Daniel Ricciardo’s (pictured above in 2014) is the best bet to sign with powerhouse Mercedes as reserve driver

‘The advantage is that we talk a lot together, he lives here and I am there [in Monaco]. And last week we sat down and he says, ‘Well, I’ve got five more years in me. How do you see that?’

“I mean, he’s the shining star in Formula 1 on and off the track. I think we would lose the greatest personality Formula 1 has ever had.”

Should Hamilton choose to retire at the end of the 2023 season, the Aussie looks like a sensible replacement to race alongside the impressive George Russell.

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