The contract will not be honored until the end. Linked to McLaren until 2023, Daniel Ricciardo (33) will leave the British team at the end of this season, and he therefore only has nine Formula 1 Grands Prix left to compete in his orange single-seater.
The two parties announced it jointly on Wednesday, while the rumors of separation had been buzzing for a few weeks. “It has been a privilege to be part of the McLaren Racing family for the past two seasons, but after several months of discussions we have decided to end my contract with the team early.explains Ricciardo in a video posted on social networks.
Arrived at McLaren in 2021, the Australian will have struggled to display the expected performance. If he won a Grand Prix, in Italy, in 2021, he was above all distinguished by his difficulties, illustrated by his current 12th place in the Drivers’ World Championship (19 marks). Next to him, Lando Norris has much more guarantees (7th with 76 points).
The relationship between Ricciardo and his team had deteriorated in recent months, over these complicated results. The driver has not announced his plans for the rest of his career, but those of McLaren are already known: it is to sign Oscar Piastri. The young Australian (21) is however at the heart of a dispute with Alpinefor which he is a reserve pilot.