Daniel Ricciardo confirms he’s dating the daughter of an ex-F1 driver

Daniel Ricciardo announced his romance with the 25-year-old by posting a series of holiday photos on Instagram.

McLaren F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo has revealed that he is dating 25-year-old aspiring actress Heidi Berger.

It had previously been rumoured that Ricciardo was dating the aspiring actress after photographs of them together surfaced last year.

Heidi’s father is ex-Formula 1 racer Gerhard Berger, who more recently was the owner of Red Bull’s sister team Scuderia AlphaTauri.

In addition to being an aspiring actress, Heidi Berger is a student at New York University.

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Ricciardo revealed his new romance via an Instagram post which featured a number of photographs of him on holiday in the United States with Berger.

Fans were quick to react to the exciting development in the 33-year-old’s love life, with one commenting “It’s official.”

Another wrote: “You deserve happiness.”

A third poked fun at how Ricciardo was enjoying his holiday and not worrying about his future in Formula 1, following Oscar Piastri publicly turning down an Alpine seat for 2023 and seemingly being set to partner Lando Norris at McLaren instead.

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“My dude is Scott free. not even worried what’s going on in Silly Season.”

This would leave Ricciardo out of the picture at McLaren, despite him being under contract to race with the Woking-based team in 2023.

It has been reported that McLaren would need to pay the Australian $21 million in order to terminate his contract early and make space for Piastri.

While this seemingly spells bad news for Ricciardo, he could nevertheless still be racing in Formula 1 next season, with Alpine open to him returning to the Enstone-based team following Fernando Alonso leaving them for Aston Martin.

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“I mean, if you look at Fernando, for example, he comes and goes, and I think that happens to other drivers too,” Alpine team principal Otmar Szafnauer said when asked about Ricciardo returning to the team.

“And I don’t think that’s an issue at all. I think what we need to focus on is, like I say, the plans that we have for the next 89-88 races.

“We’ve got to make sure that we complement that plan with the best driver that we can, and there are some options out there for us. And we put the best driver in next to Esteban [Ocon], so that we can move forward towards what we’ve been planning,” he added.