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F1 | Piastri affirms Daniel Ricciardo phone called him after he was announced as the new McLaren driver

Oscar Piastri has confirmed that he was trying to get in touch with Daniel Ricciardo after McLaren had announced him as their 2023 driver, but the 8-time GP winner phone called him first.

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F1 | Piastri affirms Daniel Ricciardo phone called him after he was announced as the new McLaren driver
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The driver market and the "silly season" is in full swing ahead of the 2023 Formula 1 season. All seats are already filled, except 3. The first is the second seat at Williams, as the British team confirmed Alex Albon as their starting driver for the next year, however they decided not to continue with Nicholas Latifi. The second available seat is in AlphaTauri. The Italian team recently confirmed Yuki Tsunoda as one of its two starting drivers, however, Pierre Gasly has yet to do the same and rumours are already beginning to circulate about the French driver's future. Finally, the last available seat is in the controversial Alpine. After confirming Oscar Piastri and him denying it, the French are looking for the best candidate to become Esteban Ocon's teammate. Rumour has it that Gasly is the most convincing to take this place as he is French, Ocon is French and the team is French, however this remains just a rumour.

In this article we will talk about the McLaren drivers. Oscar Piastri has signed a contract to become Lando Norris's teammate, this meant that a few days before, the British team would announce that Daniel Ricciardo and McLaren had decided, on both sides, to part ways and end the Australian's contract before stipulated. Ricciardo's arrival at McLaren was highly anticipated and expectations were high as he was to be the replacement for Carlos Sainz (who had signed for Ferrari) and the Spaniard had a very good era with McLaren. However, Daniel never managed to adapt 100% to his car, where he was vastly outqualified by Lando. Oscar Piastri has confirmed that Daniel Ricciardo contacted him via phone to let him know there were no hard feelings.

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“That was a really great thing for Daniel to get in touch. I was planning on getting in touch myself, but with the timing of things, he was obviously at a race, and quite frankly I didn’t actually know if he wanted to hear from me.” Oscar affirmed during the podcast called ‘In the Fast Lane’.

“I was trying to think of what to say, but he beat me to it. Daniel is a true professional. My respect for him was already extremely high and it’s only gotten higher in the way he responded.”

It's good for the sport that the drivers can learn what the sport is. Maybe someone took your place on your current team, but that doesn't mean you have to hold this driver against him. This situation was similar to that of Sergio Perez with Sebastian Vettel after Racing Point decided not to continue with the Mexican, currently, both drivers are good partners.

“Him getting in touch like that, that was great for me personally. Knowing that there were no hard feeling really helped me quite a lot. That was good to get in touch. That was a nice moment. It is a bit of a sliding-doors moment, but I think if I can get close to emulating what success he’s gad on track and also the character he is off the track, then I think I’ll be doing a reasonable job.”

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