McLaren to drop their 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 is exactly what is happening with the McLaren Formula 1 team.

We finally know the truth, and it’s what many have been thinking: McLaren has no plans to continue with Daniel Ricciardo as part of their driver lineup for the 2023 season.

Even after the team, and Ricciardo himself, said on multiple occasions that they were committed to each other for the remainder of their current contract, which runs until 2023, there was intense speculation that there were backs -the-scenes transfer taking place which could lead to the Woking-based team cutting the 33-year-old Australian a year early.

McLaren has reportedly told Ricciardo that they plan to replace him with Oscar Piastri in 2023. Piastri currently serves as the Alpine reserve driver, having previously been part of the organization’s driver academy. He also joins McLaren’s reserve driver 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, Alpine announced that Piastri would replace him.

Piastri proceeded to pull an Alex Palou and denied the statement, saying that he would not actually drive for the team next year.

There were rumors last summer that Piastri would be loaned out from Alpine to Williams as a replacement for Nicholas Latifi, but after Piastri’s message, it became clear that he would not bail on the Enstone team just to drive. the slowest car of the grid.

It also became clear that the second seat at McLaren, a seat that at least six or seven others were seriously linked with at one point during the “is Ricciardo really staying?” phase, is his destination in 2023, and that is expected to be formally confirmed in the near future.

Ricciardo has been linked with Alpine as Alonso’s replacement, although Alfa Romeo and Williams remain possibilities.

Although Ricciardo’s tenure at McLaren, which ironically began after he left Alpine (then Renault) following the 2020 season, has been less than stellar, he still delivered them their only win of the last decade.

Ricciardo led McLaren to a 1-2 finish — the only 1-2 finish for either team in the entire 22-race 2021 season led by Mercedes and Red Bull — ahead of teammate Lando Norris at September’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza , giving him his first win since his seventh and final Red Bull win in May 2018 in Monaco.

McLaren has not won a race since 2012.

Ricciardo finished the season eighth in the driver standings, two places behind Norris in sixth. McLaren finished fourth in the constructor standings.

This year, Norris is seventh in the driver standings with four times as many points as Ricciardo, who has just one top seven finish, in 12th. McLaren is fifth in the constructor standings, just four points behind Alpine amid a rivalry that is sure to intensify following these recent developments.

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