Who could have replaced Verstappen in Ricciardo’s absence?

While Daniel Ricciardo signed to Red Bull as a reserve driver for 2023, the Australian was not in attendance at the two opening races of the season. This is not unexpected – given that team boss Christian Horner previously stated that Ricciardo would be at "some races" in his new role – but it does raise the question of who would have stepped in in the event of Max Verstappen or Sergio Perez being unable to compete. Verstappen had been forced to delay his arrival into Jeddah for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix after suffering with a stomach bug earlier…

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