F1: Daniel Ricciardo to leave McLaren

F1: Daniel Ricciardo will leave McLaren

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Driver Daniel Ricciardo will leave McLaren at the end of the 2022 season, not completing his contract which was due to expire at the end of 2023, the British Formula 1 team said on Wednesday.< /strong> 

“McLaren Racing and Daniel Ricciardo can confirm that Daniel's contract for 2023 has been terminated early, with both parties agreeing that he will leave the team at the end of the 2022 season.” -he writes in a press release from the stable.

Arrived at the beginning of 2021 at McLaren, Ricciardo never managed to impose himself there. Apart from his victory at the 2021 Italian Grand Prix at Monza, the 33-year-old Australian has failed to shine: after eighth place in the world last year, he is currently 12th in the shadow of his teammate Lando Norris, 7th before the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday.

If Norris, a 22-year-old Briton, has his future assured in the firm of Woking, England, the name of the second McLaren driver for 2023 will be announced “in due course”, said McLaren. 

The wheel left free by Ricciardo could go to another Australian, Oscar Piastri, at the heart of the summer soap opera in F1.  

At the beginning of August, the Franco-British Alpine team announced that Piastri, a promising 21-year-old driver and currently its reserve driver, would start next year, replacing veteran Fernando Alonso in departure for Aston Martin. 

But Piastri hastened to deny it, claiming not to have signed with Alpine for 2023. According to the press sp If this is confirmed, Ricciardo could have, at Alpine, the opportunity to stay in Formula 1. Author of seven victories with Red Bull , he has already driven with Renault in 2019 and 2020.