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F1 pundit claims Horner and Marko split KEY to Ricciardo's future

F1 pundit claims Horner and Marko split KEY to Ricciardo's future

F1 pundit claims Horner and Marko split KEY to Ricciardo's future

F1 pundit claims Horner and Marko split KEY to Ricciardo's future

Red Bull’s internal ‘civil war’ may have impacted the future of Daniel Ricciardo’s F1 career.

Ricciardo was left without a drive for 2023 when McLaren replaced him with Oscar Piastri, failing to match the pace of team-mate Lando Norris.

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The Aussie returned to F1 at the 2023 Hungarian Grand Prix, after replacing Nyck De Vries at Alpha Tauri - now Visa Cash App RB.

However, Ricciardo’s issues have come back to haunt him this season, consistently outpaced by Yuki Tsunoda who has acquired nearly all of RB’s 2024 points.

Daniel Ricciardo returned to F1 midway through last season
Ricciardo has been outpaced by team-mate Tsunoda this season

Will Ricciardo be on the 2025 F1 grid?

Red Bull reserve driver, Liam Lawson, has been waiting in the wings for an RB drive since he replaced an injured Ricciardo for five races last season.

However, the Kiwi may begin to look elsewhere for a F1 seat if RB retain Ricciardo for next season, despite the Aussie’s string of poor performances in 2024.

In a recent Q&A, the BBC reported that the fallout from Red Bull’s internal power struggle may be protecting Ricciardo’s F1 seat.

“At the moment, though, Ricciardo is protected by team principal Christian Horner, sources say, and is safe for now from being replaced by reserve Liam Lawson,” Andrew Benson wrote.

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Benson suggests that Horner has 'protected' Ricciardo's F1 future

“Motorsport adviser Helmut Marko, who would probably like to promote Lawson, has lost power and influence in the internal civil war at Red Bull that was laid bare by the allegations of sexual harassment and coercive, controlling behaviour made against Horner by a female employee, which Horner denies, and which an internal investigation dismissed.

“It is not hard to imagine a Lawson and Ricciardo line-up at RB in 2025, though, if Horner does not shift his stance and Tsunoda moves elsewhere.”

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