Daniel Ricciardo has ruled out the prospect of racing in Formula 1 after his 40th birthday.The 34-year-old is bidding to make his second spell in the sport stick. He was handed an unexpected race seat return last month, moving from his role as Red Bull reserve to sister team AlphaTauri, to replace the axed Nyck de Vries.
And the Aussie still has big ambitions. He has made no secret of his desire to get back to racing at the front of the grid and would love a fairytale return to his former Red Bull team if the opportunity comes along.But if he is to fulfil that dream, it seems he will have to do so in a fairly short space of time. That’s because he reckons his F1 career will be over for good within the next five years.
Fernando Alonso is setting an example, at the age of 42, that F1 stars can still be very competitive if they look after themselves. But Ricciardo does not see the appeal of the road taken by the Aston Martin racer.”Ideally, I’d have had enough success in the next five years. I think there’s something cool about going out on top,” he told The Independent. “This is my element but what this year has shown is I’m okay after retirement, I do have hobbies and other things going on.
“For lots of athletes, the thought of retirement is scary – what do you do now? You’ve lived this crazy life for so long that it can be daunting. But for me, let’s say the next three-to-five years of awesome success and then… peace!”