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Ricciardo welcomes F2 and F3's inclusion in Melbourne schedule

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17/08/2022

Daniel Riccardo was among the first to give the thumbs up to the decision to include the F2 and F3 championships in the 2023 Australian Grand Prix schedule.

The move sees the two series, which form part of the official feeder chain to F1, head down under for the first time, and Ricciardo, the 2009 British F3 champion, believes it is great news for his countrymen.

"I love it," he tells Speedcafe.com. "I love the fact that F2 and F3 are getting so much exposure now, and I know F1 will post it on their channels as well.

"It's a pretty exciting time to be a young driver," he continues. "And I also love that they're getting out of Europe and tagging on to some of our international races, that's pretty special.

"You know, it absolutely prepares them better for it, it prepares them a little bit more to find out what's potentially coming in Formula 1.

"When I got into F1, it was... you just couldn't really prepare," he admits. "Even though I was reserve driver, so I got an idea of how it works, but you just can't prepare for the schedule and attention, all that.

"So I think already kind of shining a bit of a spotlight on these categories, it can prepare them. And I know, being an Aussie, racing in Albert Park, that's pretty awesome, so I was very happy to hear that news."

Ricciardo headed to Europe in 2006, and just two years later won the Formula Renault 2.0 WEC, claiming the British F3 crown the year after, having won 8 races from 15 starts.

In December of that year (2009), the Australian made his F1 debut, driving the Red Bull at the young driver test in Jerez, ending the test a second quicker than his nearest rival.

Runner-up in the 2010 Formula Renault 3.5 series, though he had been touted as a potential replacement for Brendon Hartley as test and reserve driver for the Red Bull teams, Ricciardo actually ended up sharing the role with the Kiwi.

Named as Toro Rosso's reserve driver for 2011, halfway through the year Red Bull came to an agreement with HRT F1 that saw Ricciardo replace Narain Karthikeyan for the remainder of the season. In December that year he was named as teammate to Jean-Eric Verge at Toro Rosso for 2012.

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1. Posted by Bill Hopgood, 16/08/2022 19:59

"What would be good is if F2, F3 could do a short Tasman Series, say a race weekend or two in NZ (the New Zealand Grand Prix) with the Toyota Racing Series somehow, then shoot across for the Grand Prix weekend in Melbourne.

That would justify the expense and (god help me for saying this, global warming impact), like touring musicians currently do.
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2. Posted by elsiebc, 16/08/2022 15:35

"Expanding the F2 and F3 calendars must be great for giving exposure to those drivers on other tracks, but I wonder what effect it has on cost for those drivers to secure a seat. I mean it can't cost the teams too much to haul all the equipment and personnel to a far flung continent for just one race, what, a couple thousand bucks is probably all. I'm sure it won't price out a young kid from Stevenage who sleeps on the floor."

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3. Posted by Max Noble, 16/08/2022 13:04

"No wonder, as if he is lucky he will be driving one of those formulae in 2023… Hope he finds a way to remain in F1… Sigh…
No multi-21 here, simply too slow right now…."

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