After weeks of speculation and as Formula 1 is back racing at Spa Francorchamps this weekend, McLaren has officially announced that Daniel Ricciardo will be no longer part of the team on 2023, ending his contract with McLaren one year earlier than it was supposed to.
In an special press event after the announcement with MotorLAT and other selected media, Andreas Seidl and Zak Brown spoke on Ricciardo’s journey with the Woking-based team.
McLaren Racing and Daniel Ricciardo have mutually agreed that Daniel will leave the team at the end of the 2022 season.— McLaren (@McLarenF1) August 24, 2022
The team thanks Daniel for his dedication and contribution, including that memorable win in Monza. We look forward to finishing the season strongly together.
“I think it is fair to say that we are all surprised that it didn’t deliver more results, and more Monza-like performances,” Brown said about the relationship. “Clearly he has got a fantastic CV. He came into us as a seven-time grand prix winner, and leaves us as an eight-time grand prix winner with nine races to go, so who knows what happens later this year. Hopefully he will find his form in a new environment.”
“I won’t get into any contractual details, other than to say we came to a very amicable and agreeable solution. What I would say is that we are very hopeful that Daniel will be on the grid next year. We don’t have any knowledge of what his plans may or may not be, other than his desire to be on the Formula 1 grid, but we’re certainly very hopeful from a sporting standpoint that he’s on the grid next year.
“It was never a discussion between Andreas and I — nor Daniel — to consider not allowing him to race in any other form of motorsport next year, and we hope he does. He’s a friend of the family and always will be, and we believe at McLaren that restricting a racing driver from racing cars is certainly something that McLaren would never do.”