Daniel Ricciardo misses the Dutch Grand Prix after injuring his hand in a training accident

ZANDVOORT, NETHERLANDS - AUGUST 25: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Scuderia Alpha Tauri after an accident in Free Practice 2 during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of the Netherlands at Circuit Park Zandvoort on August 25, 2023 in Zandvoort, Netherlands. (Photo by Vince Mignot/MB Media/Getty Images)

Daniel Ricciardo injured his left hand in an accident during training for the Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix on Friday. (Photo by Vince Mignot/MB Media/Getty Images)

Daniel Ricciardo will miss the Dutch Grand Prix after breaking a bone in his hand in a practice accident on Friday.

Oscar Piastri spun and crashed into the wall at the banked Turn 3 on the Zandvoort street circuit. Ricciardo was behind Piastri and slid into the wall coming into the corner and Piastri’s car was stopped on the track. After getting out of his car, Ricciardo held his left hand close to his chest.

In a statement, the team said Ricciardo fractured a metacarpal.

Ricciardo is replaced by Liam Lawson. Sunday’s race will be Lawson’s first Formula 1 Grand Prix and he will practice and qualify the car on Saturday.

From Motorsport.com:

“He broke something in his hand, so he won’t be driving,” Red Bull’s Helmut Marko told Motorsport.com.

“Lawson will drive. It’s difficult for him. It’s a shame because the car is good here.”

The Dutch Grand Prix was to be Ricciardo’s third race of the season. After parting ways with McLaren at the end of the 2022 season and being replaced in the team by Piastri, Ricciardo signed a contract to serve as a reserve driver for Red Bull behind Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez in 2023.

But Ricciardo found himself back in Formula 1 after just ten races into the season after AlphaTauri was unimpressed by Nyck De Vries’ performance. The rookie averaged a 15.9 finish in the first 10 races of the season and failed to score a single point. His best result of the season was a 12th place at Monaco and he had crashed in two races.

Ricciardo finished 13th in Hungary and 16th in Spa ahead of the Formula 1 summer break. F1 races are held at Monza on September 3 and it is unclear if Ricciardo will be able to compete in that race or if Lawson will replace him again. Lawson finished third in Formula 2 in 2022 and also acted as a Red Bull reserve driver last season.

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