Formula 1

Ralf Schumacher: Ricciardo may not race again in Formula 1

Ralf Schumacher believes Daniel Ricciardo’s Formula One career may be over if he leaves McLaren at the end of this season.
According to reports, the Australian has been informed that he will be replaced by his younger compatriot Oscar Piastri for the 2023 season.
That news has yet to be confirmed, but it is a major plot point in the’silly season’ saga, which began with Sebastian Vettel announcing his retirement after the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November.
As a result, Aston Martin needed a driver and signed Fernando Alonso from Alpine, who promptly announced Piastri as the Spaniard’s replacement.

That was quickly debunked by the reigning Formula 2 champion, who posted on social media that the information was “wrong” and that he would not be driving for Alpine next year – as his close ties to McLaren became clear.
The amount of compensation Ricciardo would demand from McLaren if his contract was terminated a year early has also been discussed, with the figure dependent on whether he accepts an offer to race for another team, such as Alpine.
However, if the 33-year-old does not return to the Enstone-based team, which he left when they were renamed Renault to join McLaren at the end of 2020, he may be out of F1.
“And then there’s Daniel Ricciardo,” the former Williams, Jordan, and Toyota driver said on the Sky Germany website.
“I can’t see him getting another chance in Formula One.” But I’m not sure who Alpine should take right now.”

Will it be Daniel Ricciardo or someone else at Alpine in 2023?
Alpine’s choice as Esteban Ocon’s partner is certainly the big question mark for the 2023 F1 lineup – unless, of course, they win what is likely to be a court case against McLaren for the services of Piastri.
Will they go for a current driver elsewhere on the grid whose long-term future is uncertain, such as Pierre Gasly or Ralf’s own nephew Mick Schumacher?
Could a racer like Nico Hulkenberg or Daniil Kvyat, who thought their F1 career was over, make a Kevin Magnussen-style comeback? Of course, this would be contingent on him competing under a neutral ‘FIA’ flag.
What about another youngster if Piastri rejects them? F2 Championship leader Felipe Drugovich and academy prospect Jack Doohan are two options.
“The names are there, with every cockpit,” Ralf Schumacher says. Mick, who has yet to sign a contract, would also be a candidate. As you can see, he is a fast candidate.” Nico H├╝lkenberg is also still in the running.”