As a mark of results at McLaren since his arrival last year, Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo, who has been the subject of departure rumors for several weeks, insisted on affirming his desire to complete his contract.
Moving from Red Bull to Renault in 2019 then from Renault to McLaren in 2021, could Daniel Riccardo still change teams quickly? Since his arrival in the British team, the 33-year-old Australian driver has won only one victory (in Italy last year) and has not climbed on any other podium, finishing 8th in the world championship in 2021 and occupying currently in 12th position, with a sixth place in Australia for best result in 2022.
Worse still, he has 44 points less than his teammate Lando Norris, on the podium in Emilia-Romagna. Some rumors already see him leaving McLaren as his contract runs out at the end of next year.
“Get the car back where it belongs”
But the Australian pilot wanted to deny them, via his social networks, this Wednesday. ” There are a lot of rumors surrounding my future in Formula 1, but I want you to hear it from me. I’m tied to McLaren until the end of next year and I’m not stepping away from the sport. Of course it hasn’t always been easy, but who wants it to be easy? I’m working hard with the team to make improvements and get the car back to where it needs to be. I still want it more than ever writes the man who finished third in the 2014 and 2016 world championships with Red Bull.
This Tuesday, McLaren announced the arrival for next season of Indycar champion Alex Palou, but without specifying in which discipline he would race (F1, IndyCar, Formula E, Extreme E?). What put a little more pressure on Daniel Ricciardo? During the next race, which will be the Grand Prix de France at Le Castellet on July 24, the Australian driver hopes to finally sign a good result and get his season off the ground. Otherwise, the rumors will continue to swirl…