©McLaren Denying reports that he will leave Formula 1 at the end of the current season, Daniel Ricciardo says he would remain committed to McLaren till the end of 2023.
Early this year, there was a lot of conjecture about Ricciardo’s future with the Woking-based team due to his underwhelming performance with McLaren and his colleague Lando Norris’ superior performance.
The speculation surrounding the Australian driver was only fueled by public remarks made by McLaren team manager Zak Brown, who claimed that since the beginning of his stint with the papaya club in 2021, Ricciardo has not lived up to the organization’s expectations.
To clarify his remarks and McLaren’s position on Daniel Ricciardo’s status for 2023, Brown took action last week. He insisted that Ricciardo, despite his current troubles, will be competing in Formula One with the team in 2023.
Ricciardo used social media on Wednesday to address rumors about his future with his supporters.
The status of Ricciardo for 2023 is clarified by McLaren’s Brown.
The eight-time Grand Prix champion wrote: “There have been many whispers regarding my future in Formula 1, but I want you to hear it from me.
I won’t quit the sport; I’m committed to McLaren till the end of the following year.
Recognize that it hasn’t always been simple, but who wants simple?” Riccardo tacked on.
I still want this more than ever, therefore I’m working my tail off with the team to fix the car and return it to the front, where it belongs. Hello from Le Castellet. Daniel.”
While the team and the driver have made plans to work together in 2023, McLaren has already begun planning for 2024 by adding Colton Herta and Pato O’Ward to the team’s testing roster.
Alex Palou, the 2021 IndyCar champion, was however added to McLaren’s list of F1 hopefuls on Tuesday.
Ricciardo’s tweet was probably motivated by the team’s late-Tuesday announcement that the Spaniard would join McLaren Racing’s driver lineup for 2023 and would take part in an F1 test at some point.
Who will be competing at McLaren alongside Lando Norris in 2024 is anyone’s guess, but Ricciardo is unlikely to be one of them.
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