Daniel Ricciardo’s eyes mild up when he gets a surprise go to from a pretty superior – and quite well-known – mate as Aussie prepares for his F1 return with AlphaTauri
Ricciardo was tests at Silverstone throughout British GP Aussie will return to the grid with AlphaTauri Had a incredibly distinctive customer at Red Bull tyre test
Daniel Ricciardo obtained a really pleasurable shock when an outdated teammate of his ambushed him as he took Pink Bull’s auto as a result of its paces at Silverstone for the duration of previous weekend’s British Grand Prix.
The Aussie was impressive throughout the tyre test in the all-conquering Crimson Bull RB19 and was named to swap AlphaTauri’s rookie Nick De Vries for the relaxation of the year shortly afterwards.
Ricciardo was stopped in pit lane with his helmet off when the well-known figure walked up and handed him a consume and a clipboard.
The Aussie seemed up and his eyes went broad in amazement as he recognised his former Crimson Bull teammate and 4-time environment champion Sebastian Vettel.
A split second later Ricciardo broke into just one of his trademark beaming grins in advance of the old pals shared a chat and a snicker.
Ricciardo was shocked when he initially realised who was handing him a drink and a clipboard as he put the Crimson Bull via its paces at Silverstone very last weekend
As soon as the Aussie soaked in who he was speaking to, the outdated Crimson Bull teammates shared a chuckle and a brief chat
Vettel used the 2014 season with Ricciardo at Crimson Bull ahead of leaving for Ferrari, but the pair have remained great mates.
Past November the 34-year-outdated mentioned the German superstar had been a ‘true friend’ as he struggled as a result of a horror calendar year with McLaren.
‘He’s picked up the cellphone multiple times this yr, and just been a mate, and just, like, demonstrating care, just examining in, examining in as a legitimate friend would do,’ Ricciardo reported.
‘To have pals like that is so vital. But it can be also not that common, in phrases of the grid.
‘We get on with motorists, and you do build friendships, but to have that type of further amount of friendship … some gestures he built this yr, and some of the kindness he showed towards me was, in a way, form of unpredicted.’
The pair drove for Purple Bull in 2014 and have stayed shut since, with Ricciardo praising Vettel for becoming a ‘true friend’ as he struggled by means of a horror year with McLaren very last calendar year
The Aussie (pictured all through testing at Silverstone final weekend) is last but not least obtaining a further commence on the F1 grid, this time with AlphaTauri
Ricciardo can eventually seem at all those difficulties in the rear-perspective mirror following securing his return to the grid with AlphaTauri, which is owned by Crimson Bull.
He’ll travel his initial race for them at the Hungarian Grand Prix up coming weekend.
‘I am stoked to be back on keep track of with the Purple Bull loved ones,’ the Australian explained in a assertion.
AlphaTauri crew principal Franz Tost included: ‘I’m extremely delighted to welcome Daniel back into the team. There is no doubt about his driving skills, and he presently knows numerous of us, so his integration will be simple and straight forward.
‘The staff will also financial gain a large amount from his knowledge, as he is an eight-time Formulation One Grand Prix winner.’
De Vries hasn’t been in a position to replicate his variety in reduce-tier racing in his 1st time with Alpha Tauri and, along with fellow rookie Logan Sargeant, is the only driver still to score a level this year.
Ricciardo returned to Red Bull as reserve driver this 12 months right after parting ways with McLaren 12 months before than prepared following two unsuccessful seasons.