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Ricciardo denies 'done deal' Red Bull return

Ricciardo denies 'done deal' Red Bull return

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Ricciardo denies 'done deal' Red Bull return

Ricciardo denies 'done deal' Red Bull return
Ian Parkes & Sam Hall

Daniel Ricciardo has denied reports a return to Red Bull for 2023 is 'a done deal'.

The Australian will not feature on the grid next year and is instead seeking a reserve driver role with a top team in a bid to potentially place himself in race-winning machinery in 2024.

On Saturday, Brazilian broadcaster Esporte Na Band claimed Ricciardo had made his decision and a return to Red Bull had been secured.

After growing up in the team's junior system, the 33-year-old spent five successful years competing alongside Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen in a period that yielded seven race wins.

Asked if his future was close to being decided, Ricciardo said: "Not really.

"There's nothing yet close or confirmed or anything. I can make something up but nothing new to tell you."

Pressed further on Red Bull being "a done deal", he added: "It's not, I can tell you now. Nothing is done.

"Look, as I have said before, I have nothing to hide.

"From even a contractual point of view in terms of, I guess I'm free to talk and whatever but there's nothing done.

"If something was done, trust me, I'd be saying it. So there's nothing holding that back."

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