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F1 | Ricciardo on leaving McLaren: "What lies ahead, I am not sure yet"

The Australian driver will not be a McLaren driver during the 2023 Formula 1 season as he confirms the future is still unsure for him.

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F1 | Ricciardo on leaving McLaren: "What lies ahead, I am not sure yet"
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Today, being August 24, 2022, the undeniable has been confirmed. Daniel Ricciardo will not be a McLaren driver during the 2023 season. Although there was already speculation due to the conflict between Alpine and the other Australian driver and current Formula 2 champion, Oscar Piastri, since the French team had confirmed that Piastri would be his pilot during the next season, however, the pilot denied this, it was not confirmed until today. While that was happening, a new rumour of a Piastri pre-contract with McLaren had already been signed, but nothing was confirmed. Daniel Ricciardo arrived at the British team in 2021, being the replacement for Carlos Sainz, who had signed with Ferrari. During the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, Daniel achieved an incredible victory with his teammate Lando Norris in second position, to achieve the only 1-2 of last season. Unfortunately, not everything was good results. During last season's Monaco Grand Prix, the Australian's pace was so bad that his own teammate, who drives the exact same car, took a lap out of him and lapped him.

Currently, McLaren is in fifth position in the constructors' championship (behind Red Bull, Ferrari, Mercedes and Alpine) with a total of 95 points, however, of those 95 team totals, Daniel has only managed to obtain 19, while the other 76 were obtained by his teammate, Lando Norris. Daniel is positioned in P12 in the drivers' championship. Although Daniel is known for his 8 victories in the category (7 for Red Bull and 1 for McLaren), he is also known for his great charisma. He has confirmed in a social media post that he does not know if he will going to race in the category next year, as he has not found a seat in another team.

“I think for the future, what lies ahead, I am not sure yet… I am not sure yet. But we’ll see. I look back at this time with McLaren with a smile. I learnt a lot about myself and I think things will help me with the next step in my career but also just in general, in life.” The Australian driver affirmed.

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“The sport, I still love it… I still love it. This hasn’t affected any of that. I still have that fire in me and that belief in my belly that I can do this at the highest level.”

The 8-time Formula 1 Grand Prix winner is also in the free agent position ahead of the 2023 season of motorsport's highest category. The rumours are beginning to sound, perhaps the return of the Australian driver to Alpine (since during the 2019 and 2020 seasons he was a Renault driver), even the arrival of Ricciardo to Haas, since other rumours point to Schumacher joining Alpine, leaving a free seat in the North American team, however, this would not be easy, since Ferrari has a lot of influence in this seat, in addition to the fact that it has already been confirmed that Antonio Giovinazzi will have the Haas at his disposal in some free practices this season. Anything can happen, this is all called rumours, maybe in the coming weeks we will be hearing more about the Australian's future.

“We had a lot of discussions but in the end we mutually decided it was the best thing for both of us. I will continue to do the rest of this year, absolutely, and I’ll continue to give it my all.” Ricciardo stated. “From a result point of view, for sure, consistently to get the results and the form that I was after it wasn’t always there and it was tough. I felt those absolutely. But I also have many happy memories of my time at the team.”

“I think about Monza [2021], I think about standing on the top step, I think about bringing the team their first win since 2012. That sort of stuff was awesome, to see the smiles on everyone’s faces and to be in that moment. That’s something I’ll never forget so there is a lot of good stuff to take from this as well.” Daniel remembered.

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