Daniel Ricciardo has been absent from competitive racing for his team since August 25. The US GP presented a significant opportunity for Ricciardo to make his comeback and demonstrate his skills once more. There has been substantial speculation regarding Daniel potentially becoming the new Red Bull driver, taking over from Sergio Perez, who has struggled this season.
While Ricciardo's return was initially anticipated to occur sooner, this great F1 driver had to be patient.
“Well, I would say, tougher than I thought. But I’m probably a bit of a wuss as well. So maybe not tougher than I thought!” Ricciardo said.
The doctors also assured Ricciardo that the injury was not too dangerous and that his recovery would not take a long time. However, it turned out that Ricciardo had to be sidelined for an extended period after all.
“But I think it was really just when the accident happened, and we were aware of what bone broke, they seemed fairly OK with that bone, in terms of ‘Oh yeah, it’s a relatively easy one to fix’.
After the surgery was completed in Spain, it turned out that the injury was much more severe than expected. Ricciardo was disappointed to learn about it, but he was aware of the fact that he could do nothing but rest and wait patiently for recovery.
“But then, when we got the surgery done in Spain, we got further checks done and it was just the break was a lot worse than it first seemed." Ricciardo's move to Scuderia AlphaTauri was a significant source of motivation for him to improve his performance.
He started his adventure in the right way. However, the injury took its toll. Ricciardo will have the opportunity to convince everyone of his qualities again. “So, I think that’s what took a lot longer for the recovery, and probably made it a little more painful for myself”.