Australian Alpha Tauri driver Ricciardo misses Dutch Grand Prix due to hand injury
Posted : 26 August 2023
Australian Alpha Tauri driver Daniel Ricciardo will be absent from the Dutch Grand Prix due to a hand injury sustained in a crash during Friday practice at Zandvoort. The crash occurred as Ricciardo tried to avoid the crashed McLaren of Oscar Piastri at the banked Hugenholz corner. Ricciardo broke a metacarpal bone in his left hand. It remains unclear how long he will be sidelined.
As a result of Ricciardo's injury, Red Bull reserve driver Liam Lawson will step in as his replacement for the race. Lawson, a 21-year-old New Zealander who competes in Japan's Super Formula series, will make his Formula 1 debut under challenging circumstances. He has not driven Alpha Tauri's 2023 car and will have minimal practice time before qualifying.
Ricciardo rejoined Formula 1 just two races ago as a replacement for Nyck de Vries at Alpha Tauri. Prior to his injury, he had a history of challenges, including being dropped by McLaren at the end of the previous season due to difficulties in matching his teammate's performance.
It is anticipated that Ricciardo will miss the upcoming Italian Grand Prix and potentially more races beyond that. However, his potential early return can't be entirely ruled out, as seen in cases like Lance Stroll racing with two broken wrists earlier in the season.