Daniel Ricciardo makes his return to the official Formula 1 video-game series, with EA Sports mirroring real-life by adding him back into the available driver roster for Alpha Tauri.
Having entered the F1 paddock for the first time as a driver halfway through 2011 with the Hispania Racing Team, Ricciardo had to wait until the next season to be featured in an licensed F1 game.
Switching to a full-time seat in 2012 with Red Bull’s sister team, Toro Rosso (now AlphaTauri), Ricciardo finally became a playable character alongside team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne.
From 2012 all the way through to 2022 the Australian remained a part of the F1 games, even becoming a pivotal member of several of the series editions’ cover art. However, following Ricciardo’s real-life departure from the F1 grid at the end of the 2022 campaign, the Australian driver also disappeared from EA Sports’ latest release from the F1 video-game franchise – F1 23.
Ricciardo makes his virtual return
Then Ricciardo made his return, and with this EA Sports posted an announcement video on their X (formerly known as Twitter) account. The post showed Ricciardo picking himself as a soon-to-be available character on F1 23. An update for the game that releases on 29th August will make the AlphaTauri driver playable once again.
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