McLaren has advised Daniel Ricciardo it intends to exchange him with Method 2 champion Oscar Piastri subsequent season, a supply near the Australian driver has confirmed to ESPN.
ESPN understands Ricciardo was knowledgeable of the choice by workforce boss Andreas Seidl after the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday night and is now in discussions with the workforce over a monetary settlement to depart his contract a 12 months sooner than its 2023 expiration date.
A number of sources have advised ESPN McLaren and Piastri have signed a deal for subsequent 12 months and now solely Alpine’s attraction to the FIA contract recognition board might cease him driving there.
On Tuesday, Alpine introduced Piastri would substitute Aston Martin-bound Fernando Alonso however Piastri tweeted over an hour later saying he wouldn’t race for the French workforce subsequent 12 months.
Assuming McLaren’s contract with Piastri is upheld, Ricciardo now appears prone to take the Alpine seat his fellow Australian didn’t need for the 2023 season, which might imply a smaller pay-out than if he sat out for the total 12 months.
Ricciardo raced at Alpine when it was referred to as Renault in 2019 and 2020 and the administration workforce has utterly modified since he left for McLaren.
Ricciardo was one of many grid’s strongest performers in 2020 and there’s a feeling within the Method One paddock he wants a change of surroundings to return to his outdated type.
New Alpine workforce boss Otmar Szafnauer just lately stated he would haven’t any objections with Ricciardo coming again to the workforce.
A transfer to the French workforce would additionally include the interesting prospect of racing McLaren on observe subsequent 12 months, with the 2 groups combating for fourth on this 12 months’s championship and prone to be equally matched subsequent season.
A left-field possibility can be for Ricciardo to exchange Mick Schumacher at Haas, though it’s believed Ferrari has the ultimate say over that seat on the American workforce.
In accordance with a report in Racer.com, McLaren is stalling on formally saying Piastri till Ricciardo can discover himself a drive elsewhere on subsequent 12 months’s grid.
The Piastri coup is as huge a second for McLaren as it’s embarrassing for Alpine, who look set to have misplaced a two-time world champion and a possible future world champion to rival groups within the house of 72 hours.
Piastri, 21, will be part of Lando Norris, 22, for his rookie 12 months in what can be a powerful candidate for the perfect younger driver pairing on the F1 grid.