In the wake of the dramatic events at the Dutch Grand Prix, Red Bull motorsport advisor Dr. Helmut Marko has offered a crucial update on the condition of Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo, who suffered a broken wrist during the second practice session on Friday. The incident unfolded when Oscar Piastri’s crash into the race wall left Ricciardo with a split-second decision to make as he navigated the corner. The looming presence of a McLaren car forced him to choose between colliding with Piastri or the barrier. Opting for the latter to avoid a more catastrophic impact, Ricciardo found himself unable to retract his hands from the steering wheel in time.
The immediate aftermath of the incident saw Ricciardo swiftly transported to the medical center and subsequently to a hospital for a comprehensive examination. X-rays taken at the hospital confirmed the unfortunate outcome: Ricciardo had sustained a broken metacarpal. Red Bull’s team principal, Christian Horner, had initially expressed hope that the Australian driver would recover in time for the upcoming Singapore Grand Prix. However, Dr. Marko’s recent statement to Sky Sports Germany casts doubt on the feasibility of this timeline.
“Unfortunately, the fracture is complicated. It’s not a straight fracture.
“In all likelihood, the AlphaTauri driver will also miss the next two races in Italy and Singapore.
“We will get confirmation from the doctor, but it looks bad for the next two races.”
In a conversation with Sky Sports Germany, Dr. Helmut Marko conveyed his perspective on Ricciardo’s recovery prospects, hinting at the unlikelihood of his swift return to the track. Marko’s assessment could potentially reshape Red Bull’s strategic considerations for the next races. Meanwhile, AlphaTauri CEO Peter Bayer added context to the situation, confirming that Ricciardo would remain in Barcelona, where he underwent surgery, for continued observation.
The onus of keeping the Red Bull racing machine at full throttle now falls upon reserve driver Liam Lawson. The New Zealand-born driver has stepped into Ricciardo’s shoes as he embarks on the road to recovery. In a display of skill and determination, Lawson managed to clinch the thirteenth position during his debut, proving his mettle amidst the competitive Formula 1 landscape.
”I spoke with his manager. The surgery went well, even if the fracture was more complicated than expected.
“He will stay in Barcelona for a few days for observation. We wish him all the best.”
As the Formula 1 fraternity waits with bated breath, Daniel Ricciardo’s resilience and the collaborative efforts of the Red Bull team will undoubtedly come to the fore. The trajectory of Ricciardo’s recuperation and his eventual return to the track will be closely monitored, setting the stage for an intriguing chapter in this year’s Formula 1 saga.