If fans were disappointed Daniel Ricciardo did not pilot the title-winning RB7 at the Bathurst 12 Hour last weekend, vision of the Aussie Formula 1 star cutting laps in a Ford Mustang Supercar may bring a smile to their faces
Ricciardo was absent from Red Bull’s F1 exhibition at Mount Panorama last weekend with the West Australian instead required in New York for the team’s 2023 season launch, where his role as third driver included a guest appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
It was in the Big Apple that Red Bull announced it would join with Ford as its power unit partner from 2026 – and the blue badge wasted no time in bringing Ricciardo in for some fun.
The 33-year-old visited Ford headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan on Thursday, where he was given a tour of the facilities before taking to the M1 Concourse to test drive some of the manufacturer’s fleet of high performance vehicles, including the new Mustang Supercar.
“I’ve driven pretty much every Ford under the sun and just got out of this bad boy right here,” Ricciardo said in a short Instagram video posted by Ford Performance.
“Bit of Aussie in me, a little bit of V8 Supercar here in Michigan, which is far from home but I felt at home in it.
“It was a lot of fun. A big thanks to Ford for having me out here today, it’s been a blast. I’ve enjoyed my first visit to Detroit and I’ll be coming back, that’s for sure.”
Ricciardo’s Michigan madness was not his first time in a Supercar.
In 2019, prior to the F1 Australian Grand Prix, he piloted Rick Kelly’s Nissan Altima as part of a sponsorship deal.
The F1 cult hero has previously spoken of his interest in the Supercars Championship and a desire to one day cut laps at Bathurst.
With his full-time F1 career on-hold for now after his return to Red Bull as its third driver, there is hope the eight-time Grand Prix winner could make a cameo appearance Down Under this season.
Originally published as Motorsport news: Daniel Ricciardo takes Ford Mustang Supercar for a spin in Michigan