Horner Rejects Ricciardo as Option for Perez’s Red Bull Seat

Red Bull Racing team boss, Christian Horner, has denied speculation that Daniel Ricciardo was considered as a replacement for Sergio Perez‘s seat in the 2024 Formula 1 season, stating that all options for the 2025 season are still open.

Highlights

‣ Christian Horner, the team boss of Red Bull Racing, denies that there has been any internal discussion about replacing Sergio Perez with Daniel Ricciardo in the 2024 F1 season.
‣ Horner suggests that the speculation about a potential driver change at Red Bull is media-driven.
‣ Ricciardo, who is currently with AlphaTauri, is reportedly interested in a comeback alongside his former teammate Verstappen.
‣ For the 2025 F1 season, all options are still open, with Perez’s contract expiring and young New Zealander Liam Lawson also eager for a permanent F1 seat.


Daniel Ricciardo’s F1 career got a new lease of life when he returned to AlphaTauri. This sparked a flurry of speculation. Was Sergio Perez’s seat at Red Bull Racing on shaky ground? Even before the 2024 F1 season? Despite his ongoing contract?

Christian Horner, the team’s boss, was quick to squash these rumors. He insisted that his team never even considered it.

Horner: Ricciardo was never an option for Perez’s seat

When asked about the rumors of an early driver change at Red Bull in 2024, Horner was dismissive. He claimed it was just the media stirring the pot. “Not a single internal conversation. It was just you guys needing to fill some column inches,” he told Racefans.net.

He’s thrilled to have Ricciardo back. He’s doing a good job at AlphaTauri. But Horner’s got his eyes on the future. “What we’re really focusing on is putting our best foot forward for 2025,” he added.

As for the 2025 F1 season, it’s all up in the air. Perez’s contract is up then. Even he doesn’t know what to expect. Meanwhile, Ricciardo is hoping for a comeback with his old teammate Verstappen. But there’s also Liam Lawson, who’s itching for a permanent F1 seat. Helmut Marko recently confirmed that the young New Zealander is guaranteed a seat in 2025.

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