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Ricciardo after new Mercedes rumour: “No pressure to quickly sign something" – Crash

Daniel Ricciardo has insisted his future will not be determined by his best result of a woeful 2022 last week in Singapore.
The McLaren driver arrives at the F1 Japanese Grand Prix after a P5 finish, and still with his future for the F1 2023 season to sort out.
He was spotted in the Mercedes paddock hospitality a week ago and French TV station Canal+ report that he is in advanced negotiations to become their reserve driver, backing up Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.
Ricciardo said at Suzuka: “Keen on resolving it? I wouldn’t say there is a problem.
“I am just taking time to figure out what will be the best thing for me.
“There is no rush. I feel no pressure to quickly sign something.
“I want to take the right amount of time. I won’t just sign the first contract to be back on the grid.

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“I’ll keep going with the season and it will become clear what is best for me.”
His hopes of remaining on the F1 2023 driver line-up are dwindling with vacant seats at Alpine, Haas and Williams – but other drivers currently appear to be likelier for those spots.
That is why the option of a reserve role at a bigger team, such as Mercedes, became a possibility.
However, after his best performance of the season last week in Singapore, he was asked if the urge to keep racing would usurp his desire to join a major team.
“There’s nothing you don’t know! Full transparency,” he added.
“Good results help, they make everything better.
“This isn’t a question of whether I still want to do it. I do.
“The result felt good but doesn’t change my course [for next season].
“That’s why I want to be at the front.”
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