Motorsport: Daniel Ricciardo returns to Formula One as AlphaTauri sack struggling Nyck de Vries

Daniel Ricciardo has replaced Nyck de Vries at AlphaTauri for the remainder of the 2023 Formula One season.

Ricciardo, who has been a reserve driver, was behind the wheel of Red Bull's current RB19 car this week in a Pirelli tire test at Silverstone. The eight-time Formula One race winner will return to front-line racing at the upcoming Hungarian Grand Prix on July 23.

"I am stoked to be back on track with the Red Bull family," said Ricciardo, 34, who raced for McLaren for the past two years, but was left without a seat for 2023, when the final year of his contract was terminated by mutual agreement in August.

"I'm very pleased to welcome Daniel back into the team," said AlphaTauri team principal Franz Tost. "There's no doubt about his driving skills and he already knows many of us, so his integration will be easy and straightforward.

"The team will also profit a lot from his experience, as he is an eight-time Formula One Grand Prix winner."

De Vries, 28, has yet to record any points and resides in last place in the driver standings.