Star parting in Formula 1, Ricciardo prematurely retires from “McLaren”

One of the most experienced drivers on the starting grid of Formula 1 – Daniel Ricciardo, will leave the McLaren team after the end of the season.

The two parties have agreed to terminate the contract by mutual consent one year before its expiry. No reason was given, but it’s no secret that there were too many disappointments in their relationship, both ways.

The Australian joined the legendary British team in 2021, and his experience and undeniable qualities, together with the youth and talent of his team-mate Lando Norris, should return “McLaren” to the high positions that the team’s reputation demands.

However, Ricciardo’s performance in the orange car was not particularly impressive, and despite winning at Monza last season, most of his moments with McLaren were mostly disappointments, and the Australian never managed to set strong times like his young team-mate. Lando Norris.

With a separation of such a caliber, the speculations start as early as the second, as “Sky Sports” has already sent another Australian in Ricardo’s place. This is the Formula 2 champion – Oscar Piastri.

He is part of Renault’s driving school, but the young Australian has flatly rejected the opportunity to drive for Alpine, with the expectation being that he will sit in McLaren’s orange car.

Logic indicates that “Ricardo” can return to “Alpin Renault”, but at least there are no indications of such a thing at this stage, and everything is only assumptions.

The most worrying option for his thousands of fans is that the driver with 223 starts and 8 wins could find himself without a guaranteed seat for the 2023 season.

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