Following his return to Formula 1 action at the Hungarian Grand Prix this July, Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo found himself replacing Nyck de Vries at AlphaTauri, after cleaning out his McLaren seat for Oscar Piastri at the close of 2022.
This marked Ricciardo’s third weekend with the Red Bull-owned team, centered around the Zandvoort circuit. However, his Friday didn’t go smooth as he anticipated. Things unexpectedly cut short for Ricciardo when he suffered a crash scarcely 20 minutes into Free Practice 2 (FP2).
Notably, Ricciardo is an eight-time grand prix victor. He apparently found himself in a challenging situation due to the stunning crash for McLaren‘s Piastri at Turn 3, resulting in a nasty hit into the perimeter wall.
Post-crash, Ricciardo could be heard reporting to his team that his left hand was hurt. He held onto his hand, keeping it close to his chest as he carefully worked his way out of his damaged AlphaTauri.
At the time of reporting, information regarding Ricciardo’s health remains limited. However, the FIA confirmed to the media that he has been transported to a local hospital for precautionary checks. The organization relayed, “We can confirm that Daniel Ricciardo has been transferred to the local hospital for further checks following his crash in FP2.”
Further updates will be provided as developments come to light.