Given that the Perth-born driver had already missed out on the first half of the 2023 season, it is understandable that following his injury, he didn’t want to miss anymore unnecessary time. However, as Horner puts it, he has a race seat guaranteed for 2024 and therefore doesn’t need to worry.
“Of course, he was wanting to come back but he has a contract secured for next year [with AlphaTauri] and in Liam, we've got such a great sub.
“It was also a good way of giving him another grand prix without actually putting unnecessary pressure and potential longer-term damage on Dan to say, ‘Look, don't overstretch it’.”
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