“I think there is a possibility yes,” he told Sky Sports F1. “I think in terms of confidence, he has so much confidence in his ability now. He comes back, he’s proven he’s quick against his teammate and I think that’s a big step for him getting into the Red Bull seat.
“If Checo isn’t close enough to Max when they’re in a car that doesn’t have the advantage they do right now, they need someone that can pull in those big points, and that is Daniel Ricciardo.
“He’s a real racer and he wants to be fighting at the front. He didn’t feel the atmosphere was right for him alongside Max. Now he does suddenly.”
Although he is only two races into his F1 comeback, Ricciardo fared well against Yuki Tsunoda and appears to have rebuilt part of his confidence.
The team would have their hands tied behind their back if Ricciardo performs well and Perez continues to drop off, with a competent and quick second driver likely to be crucial in the constructor's championship long-term.
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