It has been officially confirmed today that Daniel Ricciardo will leave McLaren at the conclusion of the 2022 season. The 33-year-old has had his contract terminated after a mutual agreement between the two parties.
Overall, his period at the Woking-based team has been extremely difficult overall as he’s struggled to get the grips with the team’s 2021 and 2022 cars.
The Australian did score McLaren’s first victory in nearly nine years at the 2021 Italian Grand Prix – but that win at Monza is his only podium appearance for the team. Teammate Lando Norris has scored five podiums since the Perth-born driver joined the British squad.
Last year, he finished 45 points behind Norris. Heading into the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend, he sits 56 points behind the Brit. He’s a lowly 12th in the standings on 19 points.
Daniel Ricciardo, said:
“It’s been a privilege to be a part of the McLaren Racing family for the last two seasons but following several months of discussions with Zak & Andreas we have decided to terminate my contract with the team early and agree to mutually part ways at the end of this season. I’ll be announcing my own future plans in due course but regardless of what this next chapter brings, I have no regrets and am proud of the effort and work I gave McLaren, especially the win in Monza, last season. I’ve enjoyed working with everyone at McLaren both trackside and back in Woking and will be giving my all on and off track as we enjoy the remainder of the season together. I’ve never been more motivated to compete and be a part of a sport that I love so much and look forward to what comes next.”
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Andreas Seidl, Team Principal, McLaren F1 Team, said:
“I would like to thank Daniel for his dedication and contribution over the last two seasons so far. Despite the shared challenges, he has always turned up with a fighting spirit and positivity and helped the entire team to always keep pushing forward. We will never forget that memorable race win in Monza which was a great boost for the whole team. We still have an important battle in the Constructors’ Championship ahead of us for the remainder of the season and we look forward to battle this out with Daniel and Lando.”
Zak Brown, CEO, McLaren Racing, said:
“Daniel has been a great addition to McLaren, and it’s been a pleasure working with him. I’d like to thank him for all of his efforts over the last two seasons both trackside and back at base. It’s no secret that we hoped we could achieve more together but seeing him stand on the top step of the podium as a McLaren driver was a highlight. We wish him well for the future and let’s go enjoy the rest of the season together.”