The incredible risk Daniel Ricciardo took during the F1 break that is unlikely to impress his Red Bull bosses

  •  Ricciardo posts clips of himself on dirt bike track
  •  F1 superstar clears several dirt jumps at speed
  •  The Formula One season  kicks off again in March

While many of his F1 colleagues have been hitting the gym during the off-season, Australian Formula One star Daniel Ricciardo has been taking a different approach to his 2024 preparations.

The 34-year-old has returned Down Under for his break to spend some quality time with friends and family, before the F1 season kicks off in Bahrain in March.

Ricciardo will line up alongside teammate Yuki Tsunoda in the newly branded Visa Cash App RB (formerly AlphaTauri) team next season – but for now is showing off his dirt bike skills.

Max Verstappen has previously admitted he is banned from ‘dangerous sports’ thanks to a clause in his Red Bull contract, but it seems Ricciardo doesn’t have the same restrictions.

The eight-time Grand Prix winner has posted several clips of himself to social media racing his bike and clearing jumps.

Ricciardo has returned Down Under for his F1 break to spend time with friends and family

In one post to social media, with the caption ‘Sometimes you gotta let the dawg out,’ Ricciardo explains himself.

‘Alright, what’s going on?’ he says.

‘Spare time activities, bit of fun. Fun line of doubles here. Love bikes, love being a kid and just a sick dawg really.’

In another clip, captioned ‘Sunny conditions and @xgames auditions,’ the Honey Badger can be seen clearing several big  jumps on his dirt bike.

Speculation was swirling last week about who will take the coveted seat vacated by Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes, presenting Ricciardo with a surprising and significant opportunity to finish his Formula 1 career.

However, Red Bull chief Helmut Marko poured cold water on the idea that Ricciardo could join the Mercedes outfit, stating that the Aussie has a long-term agreement with Red Bull.

Despite initial talks of the popular Aussie possibly becoming Max Verstappen’s No.2 driver in 2024, Red Bull’s Christian Horner has expressed unwavering support for Sergio Perez.

‘I am absolutely confident and clear that Checo (Perez) will be our driver next year,’ Horner told motorsport.com in November.

The Aussie superstar has always been a big fan of racing in all its forms

The Aussie superstar has always been a big fan of racing in all its forms

Ricciardo says he loves bikes, being a kid and a 'sick dawg' when he gets the chance

Ricciardo says he loves bikes, being a kid and a ‘sick dawg’ when he gets the chance

‘Now, if he was injured or something like that, there are circumstances beyond our control. But the clear plan and therefore the clear intention is that he will continue. ‘

‘We’re planning to continue. We have announced the AlphaTauri drivers, we have our Red Bull Racing drivers. That is how we intend to go racing in 2024,’ Horner continued.

‘Checo (Perez) has an agreement with us for next year and that’s our intention, for him to be in the car in 2024.

‘We’ll give him all the support we can to ensure that he finishes second (in the drivers’ standings), but there’s no prerequisite that if he doesn’t finish second, you’re out.’

Ricciardo is set to drive for AlphaTauri, rebranded as Visa Cash App RB F1 team, this season, and has openly stated that returning to Red Bull would be a dream ending to his career.

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