McLaren gives up the only Formula 1 winner since 2012

McLaren plans to cut ties with Daniel Ricciardo, despite the fact that he is under contract with the team until the end of the 2023 Formula 1 season.

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” And that’s exactly what happens in the McLaren Formula 1 team.

We’ve finally learned the truth, and that’s what many have been predicting all along: McLaren have no plans to continue with Daniel Ricciardo as part of their 2023 driver line-up.

Even after the team, and Ricciardo himself, have stated on multiple occasions that they are committed to each other for the rest of their current contract, which runs until 2023, there has been intense speculation that there are behind-the-scenes moves that could happen. The Woking-based team cut the 33-year-old Australian a year ago.

McLaren has reportedly told Ricciardo that they plan to replace him with Oscar Piastri in 2023. Piastri currently works as a reserve driver in the Alps, having previously been part of the organisation’s Drivers’ Academy. He also joined McLaren’s reserve drivers’ pool ahead of the 2022 season.

After two-time world champion Fernando Alonso announced that he would be moving to Aston Martin to replace the four-time world champion, Albin announced that Piastre would take his place.

Piastre proceeded to withdraw Alex Ballou and dismissed the press release, stating that he would not actually drive for the team next year.

There were rumors earlier in the summer that Piastri would be loaned from Albin to Williams as a replacement for Nicholas Latifi, but after Piastri’s letter it became crystal clear he wouldn’t save Enstone’s squad just for leadership. The slowest car in the network.

It also became apparent that McLaren’s second seat, a seat that at least six or seven others were seriously associated with at some point during “Is Ricciardo really staying?” The stage, his destination was 2023, and this is expected to be officially confirmed in the near future.

Ricciardo has been linked with Alpine as a replacement for Alonso, although Alfa Romeo and Williams are still possibilities.

While Ricciardo’s tenure at McLaren, which began ironically after he left Albin (and then Renault) after the 2020 season, was nothing short of fantastic, he still earned them their only win of the past decade.

Ricciardo headed McLaren’s 1-2 goal – the only 1-2 finish for any team during the 2021 race season dominated by Mercedes and Red Bull – ahead of teammate Lando Norris at last September’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza, giving him his first game win since his seventh and the last on Red Bull in May 2018 in Monaco.

McLaren hasn’t won a race since 2012.

Ricciardo finished the season eighth in the drivers’ standings, two places behind Norris in sixth. McLaren finished fourth in the manufacturers’ standings.

This year Norris is seventh in the drivers’ standings with four times as many points as Ricciardo, who is seventh in twelfth place. McLaren sits fifth in the manufacturers’ standings, just four points behind the Alps amid a rivalry that is sure to intensify after these latest developments.

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