F1: McLaren, Daniel Ricciardo confirm split after season | Inquirer Sports

F1: McLaren, Daniel Ricciardo confirm split after season

/ 04:49 PM August 26, 2022
Daniel Ricciardo McLaren F1

McLaren’s Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo walks to the Paddock ahead of the Spa-Francorchamps racetrack on August 25, 2022. – The Formula One Belgian Grand Prix will take place on August 28, 2022. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP)

Daniel Ricciardo and McLaren made it official Wednesday — the sides will part ways at the conclusion of the 2022 Formula 1 season.

McLaren had already informed the Australian that it planned to terminate his contract one year before it expired. Now, it’s official.

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“It’s been a privilege to be a part of the McLaren Racing family for the last two seasons but following several months of discussions … we have decided to terminate my contract with the team and agree to mutually part ways at the end of this season,” Ricciardo said.

The move paves the way for McLaren to replace Ricciardo with fellow Aussie Oscar Piastri, pending a decision on a contract battle between McLaren and Alpine.

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Piastri, the reigning Formula 2 champion, turned town a seat with Alpine after Fernando Alonso announced a move to Aston Martin. However, Alpine believes the 21-year-old Piastri is contractually obligated to drive for the team next year.

Ricciardo, 33, has eight career wins in F1, most recently at the Italian Grand Prix on Sept. 12, 2021.

Ricciardo has nine races remaining for McLaren, beginning with this week’s Belgian Grand Prix.

“We wish him well for the future and let’s go enjoy the rest of the season together,” McLaren CEO Zak Brown said.

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