Daniel Ricciardo injured after crash during second practice at Dutch Grand Prix; Liam Lawson will replace Ricciardo for the rest of the weekend; watch Dutch GP qualifying live on Sky Sports F1 at 2pm Saturday
Last update: 08/26/23 8:32
Daniel Ricciardo has been replaced by Liam Lawson for the remainder of the Dutch Grand Prix after he broke a bone in his hand in a crash during Friday practice.
In a bizarre incident, Ricciardo drove his AlphaTauri into the barrier at Turn 3 as he was forced into evasive action after appearing late to notice Oscar Piastri’s distressed McLaren, which had been crushed in the turn a few moments earlier.
Ricciardo appeared to be injured in the impact with the barrier, complaining of hand damage on the team radio before struggling to get out of the car as he held his left arm to his chest.
A statement from AlphaTauri said: “Following today’s incident during Free Practice 2 at Zandvoort, in which Daniel Ricciardo hit the barrier at Turn 3, he was taken to the local hospital and medical further examinations were carried out.
“An x-ray confirmed that he had suffered a metacarpal fracture in his left hand, and this injury will not allow him to continue in his duties, so he will be replaced by the team’s reserve driver, Liam Lawson, for the rest of this weekend.
“The team wishes him all the best for the fastest possible recovery.”
Lawson, a Red Bull junior driver who took part in two test sessions for AlphaTauri last season, as well as one for the senior team, will make his competitive F1 debut.
The 21-year-old New Zealander, who has previously driven in F3 and F2, has competed in the Super Formula Championship in Japan this year, occupying second place in the standings ahead of the season-ending dual event at Suzuka in October.
Released by McLaren at the end of last season, Ricciardo returned to Red Bull as the third driver for the 2023 campaign, before making a surprise return to replace Nyck de Vries.
Ricciardo has made it clear that his ultimate goal is to reclaim a permanent seat in the senior squad, but he says Air sports On Thursday he would like to stay at AlphaTauri for the rest of his career in case a Red Bull seat does not become available.
Ricciardo focused on recovering ‘the right way’
Speaking to the media on his return to the paddock later on Friday night, Ricciardo explained how the incident happened.
“I remember coming into Turn 3. I had already come into the corner and then I saw Piastri, so it was either him or the wall,” he said.
“When I hit the wall, I didn’t have time to take my hands off the steering wheel, so the steering wheel came and hit my hand. It’s really unfortunate and frustrating, but I’ll try to recover as soon as possible.”
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Red Bull boss Christian Horner discusses Ricciardo’s broken hand and his expectations for the replacement for Dutch Grand Prix driver Lawson.
Ricciardo’s status for next weekend’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza appears to be uncertain, and the Australian has hinted he won’t be rushing back into the cockpit.
“Obviously I would love to come back soon, but I also want to make sure we do things the right way, so I’m coming back strong and competitive,” he added.
“I wish the team good luck and I’m sorry again for the change of plan.
“It’s a chance for Liam to try his luck, and I wish him and the team a great weekend.”
Piastri confident to ‘bounce back’
Piastri, who suffered a small cut on his finger following his fall, is confident in his ability to “bounce back” on Saturday.
“I just got into the heat a bit, cornered a bit aggressively and unfortunately found the wall,” said the McLaren driver.
“It’s a shame and unfortunate to give the guys a huge amount of work tonight, but hopefully we bounce back tomorrow and have a good day.
“It was going to happen at some point, of course, you never want that to happen.
“Around here, especially around here, you pay serious consequences if you overdo it.
“Try not to do it again and see what we can do for the rest of the weekend.”
Sky Sports F1 Dutch GP live schedule
SATURDAY AUGUST 26
10.15 a.m.: Practice 3 of the Dutch GP (start of the session at 10.30 a.m.)
12:10 p.m.: F2 Sprint Race
1:15 p.m .: preparation for qualifying for the Dutch GP
2:00 p.m.: Qualifying for the Dutch GP
SUNDAY AUGUST 27
8:55 a.m.: F2 star race
12:30 p.m.: Sunday Grand Prix: preparation for the Dutch GP
2 p.m.: THE DUTCH GRAND PRIX
4:00 p.m.: Checkered flag: reaction from the Dutch GP
5:30 p.m.: highlights of the Dutch GP
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