Daniel Ricciardo’s participation in the remainder of the Dutch Grand Prix weekend has been terminated. In his place, AlphaTauri has enlisted Liam Lawson following Ricciardo’s crash during Friday’s practice session.
During the second practice at Zandvoort, Ricciardo was involved in a perplexing incident. As he approached the banked Hugenholtz corner, he found himself in a challenging situation, ultimately colliding with the barriers. This unfolded just as Oscar Piastri had crashed his McLaren at the same location.
Ricciardo’s entry into the corner appeared to have been made without heeding the yellow flag signaling caution. He entered the corner at a high speed, resulting in him running out of space. Consequently, he collided with the barrier instead of the crashed McLaren. The immediate aftermath saw Ricciardo displaying signs of discomfort in his left hand. He was promptly transported to a local hospital for medical evaluations.
Daniel Ricciardo ruled out of the race weekend
Daniel Ricciardo has been forced to withdraw from the upcoming race weekend due to injury. The Australian driver, representing Red Bull, will play no further part in the Dutch Grand Prix as a result of a broken wrist sustained recently. The extent of his absence from racing remains uncertain at this point, as confirmed by Helmut Marko, who stated that Ricciardo’s hand injury will keep him out of action. In his absence, fellow driver Lawson will take the reins. The unfortunate situation is compounded by the fact that the car’s performance is favorable on this track, making Ricciardo’s absence a disappointment for the team.
Red Bull and AlphaTauri have enlisted reserve driver Lawson to step up and assume control of the AT04 for the duration of the weekend, marking the debut of the New Zealand driver in a race setting. Lawson will dive into action starting from FP3, granting him a mere hour of practice before his inaugural qualifying session.
AlphaTauri has disclosed the precise nature of Ricciardo’s injuries, disclosing that the Australian driver suffered a fractured metacarpal, an injury that typically demands up to six weeks for a complete recovery.
In a team statement, AlphaTauri explained, “Following the incident in Free Practice 2 at Zandvoort, where Daniel Ricciardo made contact with the Turn 3 barrier, he was transported to a local hospital for thorough examinations. Subsequent X-rays verified the presence of a fracture in a metacarpal bone in his left hand. Regrettably, this injury precludes his further participation, thus leading to his replacement by the team’s reserve driver, Liam Lawson, for the remainder of the weekend. The team extends its well wishes to Daniel for the speediest of recoveries.”
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