Parallel to the Austrian Grand Prix, images taken in Portimao began to circulate where McLaren had set up a box with a Formula 1. It did not take long to confirm the presence of Colton Herta with the 2021 car, something that on the other hand was not a surprise since that the intentions of McLaren and Herta to shoot during this year were known, which was then taken as a first contact of the American with F1 in the face of a hypothetical entry of Andretti in Formula 1.
Alex Palou to McLaren
This did not prevent Zak Brow from being subjected to a battalion of questions about the possibility of a change of drivers for 2023 and even before, as Ricciardo’s continuity has been frequently questioned due to the Australian’s sub-performance. For example, the 64 points that Lando Norris accumulates in the drivers’ classification for Daniel’s 17, having both finished the same races.
Zak Brown was blunt at the time. Neither Piastri nor Herta, the driver for 2023 was going to be Daniel Ricciardo, who is the one with a valid contract. What Daniel did not count on, and perhaps even Zak did not, since there are contract messes behind it, is the surprise announcement of the incorporation of Alex Palou to McLaren. To dry. McLaren. Neither McLaren Formula 1 nor McLaren Indycar. Of course, it will do tests with the 2021 car similar to those carried out by Herta.
Palou, in a legal battle with Ganassi, a team that unilaterally executed a renewal option against the wishes of the driver, has not been able to give details about his future, entering the McLaren driver basket for the moment, along with Felix Rosenqvist , which has also not been assigned a seat for 2023. The options are F1, Indycar, Formula E and even Extreme E, which is where the arms of McLaren reach directly. The wishes of both parties are known only to themselves.
Obviously, Daniel Ricciardo has been no stranger to McLaren’s latest signing, and journalists and media outlets unable to pay attention to a three-paragraph official statement did not hesitate to place Palou in F1 to the detriment of Ricciardo, passing this information on to the Australian. .
With so many mentions, Ricciardo has decided to react to what happened by stating that he is comfortable in Formula 1 and that he has every intention of fulfilling his current contract until the end of 2023.
Contract until 2023
“There have been a lot of rumors about my future in Formula 1, but I want you to hear it from me. I am committed to McLaren until the end of next year and I will not walk away from the sport. Appreciate that it hasn’t always been easy, but who wants it easy! I am working hard with the team to make improvements and get the car right and back to the front where it belongs. I still want this more than ever. See you at Le Castellet.”declared Daniel Ricciardo.
For better or worse, history is full of broken contracts, and in Formula 1 especially, so only a noticeable change in performance at the end of the season could ensure Daniel’s continuity in the McLaren Formula 1 team.
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