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F1 | Brown on Ricciardo leaving McLaren: "We offered him to race in IndyCar, but he’s very focused on Formula 1"

Zak Brown said that Ricciardo leaving is definitely sad, that McLaren tried to keep him within the family, but that he still wants to race in Formula 1

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F1 | Brown on Ricciardo leaving McLaren: "We offered him to race in IndyCar, but he’s very focused on Formula 1"
Fuente imagen: Hasan Bratic - Motorlat

The Formula 1 summer break this year brought with it several surprises, from the announcement of 4 time world-champion Sebastian Vettel's retirement, to the most recent decision made by McLaren not to continue with Daniel Ricciardo next year, proceeding to a rescission of the Australian driver's contract one year in advance.

As Ricciardo said yesterday, the separation was due to some agreements that not found, which forced both to separate permanently.

But even if many, including McLaren, did not consider the performance of the driver from Perth up to par, his work and experience were in any case very important for the growth of the English team and also of his young teammate, Lando Norris.

For this reason, when in yesterday's conference - which was also attended by Motorlat.com - Zak Brown, CEO of McLarenwas asked if the decision to let Ricciardo go was painful, he replied:

"Yeah, certainly. Daniel is a wonderful person, and a great person to be around. We've had many laughs, we've sprayed champagne together, and yeah, it's very personal.

“So today is a sad day, that things didn't work out as we'd hoped they would. I'm going to look back with some very fond memories, some fun times together, on and off the track."

He then explained that the team has offered him other positions, again in McLaren, also in IndyCar, to keep him within their family, but that the driver is convinced he wants to stay in Formula 1 for a little longer:

“Yes, we spoke about that,” - Brown stated, about the possibility of Ricciardo going to race in IndyCar, then added - “As Andreas [Seidl] said, he’s an exceptional racing driver, and any team that he drives for is so privileged to have Daniel drive for them, and we do have a variety of racing activities.

“But, that being said, he’s very focused on Formula 1, but of course the door will always be open here at McLaren, but I believe he – as he desires – will continue in Formula 1.”

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