Monza [Italy], September 4 (ANI): As Daniel Ricciardo recovers from his fractured hand, Team Principal of Red Bull Racing Christian Horner doesn’t imagine there’s “any chance” that the star driver will compete within the Singapore Grand Prix with doubts additionally forged over his health for a comeback on the following spherical in Japan.
Ricciardo, who was employed in mid-season to take Nyck de Vries’ place at AlphaTauri, broke his metacarpal following a Friday observe crash within the Netherlands. He underwent surgical procedure to repair the bone, which entailed inserting a steel plate and a few screws.
Red Bull teen Liam Lawson, who’s now second within the standings heading into the season finale of the Japan-based Super Formula collection, took his place for the Zandvoort and Monza weekends.
Following Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix, when Ricciardo was questioned about his rehabilitation schedule and remarks attributed to Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko that the Australian is questionable for each Singapore (September 15-17) and Japan (September 22-24), Horner supplied a brand new replace.
“I think certainly Singapore… I don’t think there’s any chance he’ll be ready for then. It would be optimistic for Japan, but his recovery is going well. He’s got mobility of the hand and is in rehabilitation now,” the Red Bull workforce boss was quoted as saying by Formula 1. “We’ve seen with motorcyclists rushing comebacks they can sometimes do more damage, so we just want to make sure he’s fully fit before we get [him] back in the car,” he added.
Stand-in Lawson will stay till Ricciardo is wholesome sufficient to return, in response to AlphaTauri. The 21-year-old New Zealander constructed on a promising begin to his Formula One profession with a run to P11 at Monza on a moist and loopy Zandvoort weekend.
“I think he did a solid job. I haven’t followed his race that closely. They did a two-stop, which is unconventional on strategy, so I’ll have to look at the analysis after the race. He’s acquitted himself very well. “I ought to assume he is fairly eager to be within the automobile in Suzuka [given his Super Formula experience there]. We’ll simply take it on a day-by-day foundation and see how the restoration and nature takes its course,” Horner mentioned of Lawson’s efforts. (ANI)