Lawson in for Ricciardo after broken wrist at Dutch GP

ZANDVOORT, NETHERLANDS - AUGUST 25: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Scuderia AlphaTauri looks on in the Paddock prior to practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of The Netherlands at Circuit Zandvoort on August 25, 2023 in Zandvoort, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202308250202 // Usage for editorial use only //

Daniel Ricciardo’s return to Formula 1 has taken a bit of a detour this weekend at the Dutch Grand Prix.

During FP2, the Australian got caught up in an incident with fellow Australian rookie, Oscar Piastri resulting in a broken wrist. Daniel hit the wall trying toa void Piastri’s stricken McLaren resulting in a fracture.

Daniel Said:

“I was very excited to be back after the break. The day was going pretty well. We made some changes for FP2 and the few laps I did on the hard tyre before the crash felt good; we were building up and improving. At that time, we were pretty competitive, and I was feeling positive.

“I remember coming into Turn 3. I had already gotten into the corner and then saw Piastri, so it was either hit him or the wall. When I hit the wall, I didn’t have enough time to take my hands off the steering wheel, so the wheel came and hit my hand. It’s really unfortunate and frustrating, but I’ll try to recover as quickly as I can. Obviously, I’d love to get back soon, but I also want to ensure we do things the right way, so I come back strong and competitive. I wish the team well, and I’m sorry for the change in plans again. It’s a chance for Liam to have a go, and I wish him and the team a strong weekend.”

The Team said:

“After today’s incident during Free Practice 2 in Zandvoort, in which Daniel Ricciardo hit the barrier at Turn 3, he was brought to the local hospital and further examinations were carried out,” the statement said.

“An X-ray confirmed he sustained a break to a metacarpal on his left hand, and this injury will not allow him to continue his duties, so he will be replaced by the team’s reserve driver Liam Lawson for the remainder of this weekend.

“The team wishes him all the best for the quickest possible recovery.”

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Fabio

You know, they should have gotten DeVries, he’s free at the moment.

Fabio

Maybe homework too.