Daniel Ricciardo tests Red Bull's RB19. Will he return full-time?

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Christian Horner says Red Bull have no plans to give Daniel Ricciardo a team race spot ahead of his first race at RB19 on Tuesday. Ricciardo left McLaren at the end of last season and returned to Red Bull as third driver in 2023, participating in Pirelli's tire test at Silverstone this week. Ricciardo said last month that the "fairytale end" of his own F1 career would see him running for Red Bull again. The Australian won seven races with the team between 2014 and 2018 before joining Renault. Horner has expressed interest in how Ricciardo will perform in tire testing, but admitted that he failed to recognize the 34-year-old's driving style when he returned to the team, but Ricciardo's He seems to rule out the possibility of his dream career becoming a reality. Asked about the possibility of Ricciardo taking a full-time position with the team in the future, Horner said: "That's not what we're planning, that's for sure."

“We made the right call this season by giving him a chance to stay with the team. I think it would be a loss for the sport if he just disappeared and I don't think I've recognized Daniel in the last few years so we'll see what he does on Tuesday. I'm really looking forward to it. It's an important test for Pirelli, but seeing him come back to the Red Bull car, mentally, physically, pace-wise and feedback-wise to get this car. It would be great to see where he stands. It might be a great opportunity for him to start driving the car that won the British Grand Prix”.

Daniel Ricciardo has announced that he will try the RB19 for the first time at the Silverstone tire test. Still aiming to return to the grid in 2024, he told Sky Sports News at the Miami Grand Prix that he hoped this week's testing would remind Red Bull that "you can still do it. I've really enjoyed this year and will continue to enjoy it, but I'm definitely excited to be back on the grid and racing next year," said Ricciardo. "I keep the simulator going. I plan to jump in the car to get behind the wheel in July. I'm sure this will really inspire me and bring back all those feelings. Of course, I'm going to put some pressure on myself and try to remind the team that I can still do it. We'll see how it goes."

“We are certain  we ready to race again next year. I will give myself a mental break, but I love playing sports and I love being active, so I've been trying not to get too fit". Red Bull have signed world champion Max Verstappen until 2028, while Sergio Perez has a contract until 2024. Horner has reiterated that the Mexican's seat is not in jeopardy, despite being out of shape and out of Q3. Received the Grand Prix for 5 consecutive years. Mercedes have AlfaTauri, Alfa Romeo/Sauber, Haas and Williams all set to sign contract extensions soon, but it looks like Mercedes still have slots left for 2024. 

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