Daniel Ricciardo and Yuki Tsunoda

After weeks of speculation, the Alpha Tauri 2024 F1 driver lineup has been formalized and revealed. The great news is that it includes Daniel Ricciardo’s permanent return to the sport.

Ricciardo is a former Red Bull race winner. He is making a full-time comeback to F1 after stepping in for Nyck de Vries mid-season.

AlphaTauri is set to race under a new identity in 2024. The team has confirmed Ricciardo as one of their full-time drivers for the upcoming season, alongside Yuki Tsunoda. As expected Yuki has been retained for a fourth consecutive season since entering the sport with the Red Bull junior team in 2021.

The impressive Liam Lawson, after a late challenge, will take on the role of a reserve driver for both Red Bull and AlphaTauri, attending all the Grands Prix in 2024.

Alpha Tauri 2024, Daniel Ricciardo, Yuki Tsunoda and Liam Lawson

Daniel Ricciardo Alpha Tauri (Torro Rosso)

In 2012, Ricciardo made his debut for his first season with Toro Rosso. His first full season in Formula 1 was marked by glimpses of his potential.

Driving alongside teammate Jean-Éric Vergne, Ricciardo demonstrated his ability to adapt quickly to the demands of the sport.

While the car’s performance limited their chances of podium finishes, Ricciardo showcased his speed and race craft, consistently competing in the midfield.

Daniel Ricciardo Qualifying Performances

One of the standout aspects of Ricciardo’s time with Toro Rosso was his impressive qualifying performances. Throughout the season, he often outperformed his teammate in the Saturday sessions.

This not only showcased his one-lap pace but also hinted at his ability to extract the maximum from the car in challenging conditions.

Daniel Ricciardo Results

Toro Rosso’s car lacked the outright pace to compete with the top teams. Despite this Ricciardo managed to secure some noteworthy results during his tenure with the team.

His performance at the 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix was particularly memorable. Despite starting in 6th position, he raced brilliantly to finish in 9th place, earning crucial points for the team.

Daniel Ricciardo Style

Ricciardo’s consistency and reliability were evident during his time at Toro Rosso. He finished 18 out of 20 races in the 2012 season, a testament to his ability to keep the car on the track and out of trouble.

This reliability would serve him well in his future endeavors in Formula 1.

Alpha Tauri 2024 – Red Bull is Delighted

Tsunoda’s announcement, made during his home Grand Prix at Suzuka, received praise from Red Bull. It highlights his growth as a racer, particularly after his shaky start i his rookie season.

Ricciardo rejoins the team he first raced with in 2012 when it was Toro Rosso before being promoted to Red Bull in 2014. He has expressed excitement about partnering with Tsunoda again in 2024, citing their progress and future plans.

With the return of Ricciardo and the emergence of Liam Lawson, Red Bull faced a challenging time selecting their drivers for 2024.

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Alpha Tauri 2024 F1 Driver Line Up

The combined Red Bull / Alpha Tauri team has an embarrassment of riches in their 2024 F1 Driver Line Up.

  • Max Verstappen – world champion
  • Sergio Perez
  • Yuki Tsunoda
  • Daniel Ricciardo
  • Liam Lawson

The team’s CEO, Peter Bayer, commended Helmut Marko for cultivating a pool of talented drivers.

The outgoing AlphaTauri team boss, Franz Tost, welcomed the continuity in the driver lineup for 2024, emphasizing Yuki Tsunoda’s development and the race winning experience that Daniel Ricciardo brings to the team.

He anticipates a competitive driver pairing for 2024. Liam Lawson, who has made an impression in just three races, is set to contribute to the team’s development as a third drive.

He has a very promising future in Formula One on the horizon.


By Jonny Noble

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Jonny Noble I’m a dedicated F1 Writer – and I’ve Been One for Over Four Decades, I’ve been intimately immersed in the world of Formula One for more than 44 years. That’s longer than most professional commentators can boast! As an independent writer, I offer a unique perspective on the entire F1 landscape, free from biases that might cloud the discussion. We dive deep into the exhilarating, frustrating, and captivating facets of the F1 universe. So, regardless of my amateur status, one thing is undeniable: four decades of dedicated F1 fandom have forged strong opinions worth exploring!