And after finishing 13th and 16th respectively at the Hungarian and Belgian Grands Prix respectively, he is ‘hungry’ to get going as part of his ‘second wind’ in F1.
“The first part of this year I learned a lot about myself, and I think what I want and how I want to go about my career moving forward,” he added.
“It really reignited me and gave me that second wind that I was hoping for – but wasn’t forcing. So now that I’ve got that and have something confirmed for next year, I’m a very, very hungry young man again.”
Ricciardo will undergo a simulator test with Red Bull to establish if he is ready to return to the track for the Qatar Grand Prix after recovering from surgery on his broken hand. If not, Lawson will continue to deputise in his place for the team.