Daniel Ricciardo will depart McLaren Racing on the finish of the 2022 Components 1 season, the crew confirmed Wednesday in a press launch.
The Australian will depart McLaren one 12 months earlier than his contract was initially set to run out. Each events agreed to terminate the contract early for undisclosed causes.
“We’ve determined to terminate my contract and mutually half methods on the finish of the season,” Ricciardo stated in a press release. “I will announce my very own future plans in the end, however no matter what this subsequent chapter brings, I’ve no regrets and am happy with the hassle and work I gave McLaren.”
Daniel Ricciardo (left) and Lando Norris
Ricciardo joined McLaren in 2021, changing Ferrari-bound Carlos Sainz, and has gained a single race with the crew, main a 1-2 end on the 2021 Italian Grand Prix at Monza. However this season he is largely struggled to match the tempo of teammate Lando Norris. Ricciardo is at present twelfth within the driver standings with 19 factors—57 factors behind seventh-place Norris.
McLaren stated it would announce its 2023 drive lineup “in the end.” The crew has tried to safe Oscar Piastri, however the 2021 F2 champ can also be being sought by Alpine, the place he’s at present reserve driver. Alpine must fill the slot vacated by Fernando Alonso, who’s headed to Aston Martin for 2023 to interchange Sebastian Vettel.
If the cope with Piastri would not work out, Ricciardo may return to Alpine, the place he raced in the course of the 2019 and 2020 seasons underneath the crew’s Renault guise after leaving Crimson Bull Racing. Ricciardo scored seven of his eight race wins in his 5 seasons with Crimson Bull. The group gave him his begin in F1 with junior squad Toro Rosso (now Alpha Tauri).