On Wednesday, Daniel Ricciardo and the McLaren team announced the end of their collaboration, at the end of the current season, a year before the Australian’s contract runs out. In two seasons at McLaren, Ricciardo has certainly won a Grand Prix, that of Italy, last year. But he has mostly been in trouble. This season, he is only 12th in the World Championship, with only 19 points.
His teammate Lando Norris is currently having a much better season as he is seventh, having scored 76 points and achieved a podium (third in the Italian GP in April). Thursday, the young Briton was not very pleasant towards his future ex-teammate, all the same winner of eight Grand Prix in his career.
“People will probably hate me for saying that”
” I don’t feel like you have to have any sympathy for a pilot, because he wasn’t able to do a good job. Norris said of Daniel Ricciardo, on the sidelines of the Belgian Grand Prix, adding: “ People will probably hate me for saying that “. Relations between Ricciardo and McLaren had not been very good in recent months.
But on Thursday, Zak Brown, the boss of the British team, paid tribute to Daniel Ricciardo, declaring in particular that the Australian driver had helped Lando Norris, who arrived at McLaren in 2019, to ” grow in power “, quoted by the site motorsport.com.