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The McLaren team have no plans to continue with Ricciardo for several months, and they have reportedly already let the Aussie know they don’t have him for 2023. Plans for those in Woking go through the rise of Oscar Piastri, according to Motorsport.
Ricciardo and McLaren will not continue together
Daniel Ricardo He has a contract with McLaren for the 2023 Formula 1 season after signing a 3-year contract in 2020 when he left the Renault team. However, McLaren’s plans don’t go through with the Australian, and all indications are that Woking’s and the Aussie driver would be looking for an economical way for the #3 to drop out of McLaren next year.
Ricciardo clarified this several weeks ago, after the Announcement of Palou as McLaren driver and all the rumors that have sprung up around his seat, that he wanted to continue in Formula 1it will therefore not be part of the McLaren Formula E program or any other program.
Those at Woking are confident they can get Oscar Piastri after a pre-agreement despite the Alpine team insisting he is theirs by contract for 2023 after announcing him as their starting driver on Tuesday. advertising which was denied by the pilot himself a few hours later after not having signed anything with them that accredits him as a pilot for the next season.
Can Piastri end up at McLaren?
According to various reports that have emerged this week after all the turmoil caused by Oscar Piastri’s current situation, it is believed that last July 31 was the date Alpine lost the option the team had on him.
If this were the case, it would completely open the doors to the young Australian driver of the McLaren team since Alpine would have no choice over him and it would be the driver himself who would decide. This is how he himself also believes, since after announcing that he had not signed anything with Alpine, he declared categorically that he would not race for them in 2023.
Where will Ricciardo go?
And the question that arises is also: where will Ricciardo go? The Australian has already made it known on several occasions that his wish is to continue in Formula 1, and joined the list of possible candidates to fill the seat left by Fernando Alonso.
Another scenario that Motorsport poses as possible in 2023 is that Ricciardo continues to be paid by McLaren next year but does not compete, as they do not matter to him and they would not put him as a starting driver.
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