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BREAKING: McLaren and Ricciardo to part ways at the end of 2022

Ricciardo and McLaren have "mutually agreed" to terminate his contract early

There has been speculation hovering on Ricciardo’s future with McLaren and with the sport for quite a while now. This was further complicated with rumors of Oscar Piastri’s intentions to drive for the papaya team.

In light of this, Both McLaren and Ricciardo to to social media to make their decisions known to the public. The futures of both the driver and the team is yet to be known. The Australian expressed his satisfaction on having raced for the team, especially emphatic about the victory at Monza last year. He also expressed his will and motivation to continue in the sport and has no regrets whatsoever for the efforts and feats he and the team had achieved together.


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Team Principal Andreas Seidl said, “I would like to thank Daniel for his dedication and contribution over the last two seasons so far. Despite the shared challenges, he has always turned up with a fighting spirit and positivity and helped the entire team to always keep pushing forward.

This decision does not come as a surprise, based on Ricciardo’s poor performance this season so far. His stint at McLaren has consisted of many lows and just a handful of highs including the win at Monza. There is no doubt that McLaren definitely expected a better performance from the Honey Badger, which team CEO Zak Brown has conveyed on multiple occasions.

Currently, Ricciardo stands 12th in the drivers championship with just 19 points, whereas his teammate Norris, currently at 76 points has ramped up a top six finish at least 6 times and also secured a podium at Imola. The current common goal for Ricciardo and McLaren is to end the season on a good note with a good position in the constructor’s championship.

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Abhishek S.

Loves long drives, sunsets and skylines (pun intended ;)). Will miss a date but not an F1 race!

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