Back at the track but not in the car at Singapore, Ted Kravitz was keeping an eagle eye on Daniel Ricciardo’s hand movements as he tried to suss out the progress of the Aussie’s recovery.
Three weeks after breaking a metacarpal in his left hand when he crashed nose-first into the Turn 3 barrier at the Zandvoort circuit, Ricciardo was in attendance at the Singapore Grand Prix with his AlphaTauri team.
He, however, was not in the car, that was Liam Lawson.
Daniel Ricciardo’s injured hand ‘doesn’t look too bad’
Instead, Ricciardo, who needed surgery on his injured hand, is with the team in an engineering role and assisting the team from the pit wall.
“Daniel is with us in Singapore only for engineering purposes,” read a brief statement from the Red Bull junior team.
The team gave no mention of Ricciardo’s plans for the Japanese GP a week later, that most likely depending on the rate of his recovery.
A rate that Kravitz broke down to Sky Sports.
“Every time he comes out and takes his place on the AlphaTauri pit wall, he gets a crowd cheer,” GPFans quotes the pit lane reporter as having said. “He’s still so popular and such good will towards him.
“I’ve just been looking at the injury on his left hand and he’s still able to do stuff.
“He’s taking a drink from that left hand, so I don’t know if that’s actually one of his exercises, clench and lift your AlphaTauri sustainable water bottle, but it doesn’t look too bad.
“He can do plenty of stuff with that left hand, obviously not drive at the moment. He doesn’t look like he’s in pain with it is what I’m saying.”
Ricciardo’s replacement Liam Lawson was 12th quickest in Friday’s practice for the Singapore Grand Prix, 1.1s off the pace set by Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz, while Yuki Tsunoda was P16, a further two-tenths back.
According to reports, Tsunoda is fighting to retain his AlphaTauri seat for next season with speculation it could be Ricciardo and Lawson in the car.