Ricciardo clears up McLaren future

After speculation reached fever pitch, McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo has said he will see out his contract with the F1 team

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Daniel Ricciardo has made it clear he is committed to seeing out his McLaren contract, which runs until he end of the 2023 season.

The Australian has struggled to match the pace of teammate Lando Norris since joining the Woking outfit from Renault prior to the start of last season, with McLaren team boss Zak Brown recently stating the partnership hasn’t met exceptions.

That, along with McLaren‘s roster of young drivers, which includes Alex Palou and Colton Herta, had sparked rumours Ricciardo could leave the team before the end of his contract.

Ricciardo committed to McLaren

However, Ricciardo has poured cold water on those suggestions. The Australian took to social media and stated he will see out the remainder of his McLaren contract in Formula 1.

“There have been a lot of rumours around my future in Formula 1, but I want you to hear it from me,” wrote Ricciardo.

“I am committed to McLaren until the end of next year and am not walking away from the sport.

“Appreciate it hasn’t always been easy, but who wants easy! I’m working my ass off 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 the next round] in Le Castellet.”

Ricciardo is currently 12th in the Drivers’ Championship with 17 points, well short of Norris who is seventh on 64 points.

Adriano Boin
Adriano Boin
Motorsport journalist specialising in Formula 1 and Ferrari.
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