F1 2022: Guenther Steiner on Daniel Ricciardo joining Haas, Alpine, Oscar Piastri, vacant seats

Daniel Ricciardo looks to have a solid option on the table for the 2023 Formula 1 season, he just needs to pick up the phone.

Ricciardo’s McLaren contract was cut short by one year after the team signed rising Aussie ace Oscar Piastri in a move that blindsided not only Ricciardo, but the F1 world.

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The wheels completely fell off the Formula 1 silly season when Fernando Alonso fled Alpine to join Aston Martin.

Alpine then announced Piastri would be joining the grid in 2023, but the Aussie youngster shunned that opportunity after signing a contract with McLaren.

The move by the Woking-based outfit resulted in Ricciardo being let go and hitting the F1 open market.

A move to Alpine was floated as the most likely possibility for Ricciardo before the team made it’s position clear they were after AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly.

As the Formula 1 world was left reeling from the Ricciardo bombshell, one team emerged as a potential landing spot.

ESPN reported that Haas team principle Guenther Steiner, who has become a cult hero for his antics on Netflix documentary series Drive to Survive, contacted Ricciardo before the mid-season break.

Denmark’s Kevin Magnussen is contracted with Haas on a multi-year deal, but young prodigy Mick Schumacher’s current deal expires at the end of 2022.

Speaking to German news outlet RTL, Steiner said Schumacher had a “50-50” chance of remaining at Haas before hinting the team still held interest in bringing Ricciardo on board.

“In his situation, Daniel first has to decide for himself what he does,” Steiner told RTL.

“It makes little sense to persuade him to do something, he has to decide for himself.

“If he feels like it, he will certainly call, otherwise he will probably say, ‘I’ll do a sabbatical or something else’.”

Only three seats remain vacant in 2023 with Alpine, Haas and Williams the only spots remaining on the grid.

Ricciardo has said previously his preferred option would be to be behind the wheel of a team that would give him an opportunity to add to his eight Grand Prix victories.

But he said he’s open-minded to any scenario after being linked to joining Mercedes as a reserve driver.

“I’m pretty open minded with any scenario. I think there’s pros and cons with all of it. There’s pros with having some time off as well, currently the 18 months I’ve had has been more challenging than not so maybe some time away would be good,” Ricciardo said after the Dutch Grand Prix.

“But then also staying active is good. That’s why I kind of want to hear everything. Even if it’s a reserve, I don’t want to be too proud to say I’m too good for that.

“I just want to hear everything and see what makes sense. It could be something that sets me up better for the future and next year may be one of those years where I need a bit of patience.”

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