GRAPHIC CONTENT: Daniel Ricciardo reveals the brutal extent of his hand injury after a crash during free practice for the Dutch Grand Prix
- Still not driving
- He will miss the Singapore Grand Prix
- The surgery will leave a large scar
Australian AlphaTauri F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo recently injured his hand in a crash during free practice for the Dutch Grand Prix and he has now shown the gory details.
Fresh from surgery, Ricciardo had previously shown his injured hand in a cast, but has now shown the full extent of the damage caused by the accident.
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The Australian driver was heading towards the Tarzan corner at the Zandvoort circuit during practice for the Dutch GP when he ran wide.
With McLaren driver Oscar Piastri already stuck in the barrier following his own crash, Ricciardo had nowhere to go except into the wall itself.
It’s just part of the comeback, says Ricciardo after undergoing surgery on his broken hand.
The Australian knew his hand was wrong when he emerged from the wreck holding his injured wing.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner spoke of the severity of Ricciardo’s problems, saying after the operation: “He’s going to Barcelona.” They might even do a little surgery on him tomorrow to repair where that break is, it’s a pretty clean break.
“Then, of course, it all depends on the recovery and how long it takes. Any normal human would be between 10 and 12 weeks, but we know these guys aren’t normal.
“So it will all depend on the recovery process – is it going to take three weeks? Will it be a month? Is it six weeks? No one really knows.
It is almost certain that Ricciardo will miss the next race in Singapore.
The circuit is considered by many drivers to be the most physically demanding of the season due to its twisty nature and extreme heat, so it would be a difficult race to contest.
In the meantime, Liam Lawson replaces Ricciardo for AlphaTauri.
Ricciardo showing the consequences of the operation where he received 13 stitches
Young Liam Lawson from New Zealand will take the injured Australian’s seat in the AlphaTauri car
The Australian had only just returned to F1 after starting this season without a seat.
After AlphaTauri eliminated Nyck De Vries, Ricciardo joined AlphaTauri and competed in the Hungarian and British Grands Prix.
Although he is desperate to return in order to secure a place in a team next season, it is understood Ricciardo is taking no risks with his recovery.
The Australian plans to return to the cockpit only once fully fit and remains optimistic of a full recovery.
“A big thank you to everyone who reached out to me and kept my spirits up. It’s not a setback, it’s just part of the comeback,” he posted.
“I’m relatively unchanged.”
Ricciardo also showed he hasn’t lost his sense of humor, posting a video on his Insta page of his rehab on an exercise bike singing Olivia Rodrigo’s “Driver’s License.”