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.
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.