Daniel Ricciardo auditions to join ‘clowns at Ferrari’

Ferrari's title challenge is starting to fall apart with nine rounds left in 2022.

A video of Daniel Ricciardo juggling tennis balls has resurfaced amid Ferrari’s continued struggles in 2022.

Sadly for the Scuderia, they have become a laughing stock in recent weeks due to a series of strategic mistakes, driver errors and reliability failures.

That follows a tremendous start to the year, during which Charles Leclerc won two of the opening three races in Bahrain and Australia, with Max Verstappen narrowly beating the Monegasque to victory in Jeddah.

The reigning champion, along with team-mate Sergio Perez, ran into reliability trouble of his own in the early part of the season, but Red Bull have bounced back since Melbourne.

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Verstappen and Perez have taken eight wins in the last 10 races of the season after out-performing the Scuderia in Imola and Miami, but they have received a fair share of help from their rivals elsewhere.

Leclerc threw away a podium at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix when he crashed into the wall after Carlos Sainz, who crashed in qualifying, was wiped out by Ricciardo at the start.

Ferrari lost the win in Spain and Baku due to reliability issues while Leclerc was leading, while Sainz also suffered a race-ending problem with his power unit in the latter of those races.

The 24-year-old was denied a chance of winning in Monaco when the Maranello-based team made an unnecessary extra stop, sending him down to fourth from the lead, and further victories in France and Hungary have dissipated too.

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Leclerc crashed into the wall in Le Castellet, while another needless stop onto Hards in Budapest sent him down to sixth having been leading the race.

Many have called into question Ferrari strategist Inaki Rueda, as well as team principal Mattia Binotto’s ability to lead the team.

The ridicule has seen Maranello compared to a circus, and the juggling techniques of Ricciardo, as per a meme page on Instagram, would make him the ideal fit.

Indeed, it is possible that the 33-year-old might be looking for a seat next year, as Alpine reserve Oscar Piastri is reported to have secured a deal with McLaren for 2023.

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This would put Ricciardo out of a drive, and Alpine boss Otmar Szafnauer, who believes Piastri is contractually obligated to drive for the team next season, would appear to be open to the option of the eight-time race winner returning to Enstone.

Ferrari, meanwhile, have gone into the summer break 97 points behind Red Bull in the Constructors’ Standings.