Daniel Ricciardo has jumped back into the cockpit of a Formula 1 car ahead of his anticipated return to racing in a week’s time, wowing some 30,000 fans in Nashville, Tennessee as part of a special Red Bull show run.
AlphaTauri driver Ricciardo suffered a broken metacarpal in his left hand during a practice crash at the Dutch Grand Prix back in August, forcing him to undergo surgery to repair the damage and keeping him out of the last five races.
However, having recently turned some laps in Red Bull’s simulator, the 34-year-old Australian is expected to make his comeback during next weekend’s United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas.
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As a final step before that anticipated return, Ricciardo gave an enthusiastic crowd gathered in the Lower Broadway area of Nashville a spectacular show with a series of demo runs and donuts.
Rather than his current AlphaTauri, Ricciardo got behind the wheel of Red Bull’s RB7 from 2011, a machine driven by Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber to both world titles that season.
“Driving here in Nashville on Broadway was pretty wild,” said Ricciardo after Saturday’s action. “Broadway is normally wild in itself but especially today! It was cool to put on a show for everyone.”