Being paid $15 million to sit down round for a yr might seem to be a dream job for many of us, however Daniel Ricciardo deserves higher from McLaren.
If, and proper now it’s hypothesis primarily based on a variety of rumour and unnamed sources, Oscar Piastri has signed a letter of intent to race for McLaren subsequent season, the Woking workforce has one too many drivers.
Ricciardo being the too many.
If McLaren as we speak have a alternative between maintaining him or maintaining Lando Norris it’s a no-brainer on condition that, whereas the Aussie has the workforce’s solely win since 2012, Norris has been the rather more constant driver.
One can’t argue in opposition to that. It’s a easy truth because the numbers don’t lie.
However pushing the 33-year-old out when he has only one yr left on his contract, one yr that could possibly be his final in Formulation 1 because it stands, is poor kind from McLaren who themselves haven’t given him, or Norris, a race-winning automobile.
Ricciardo, although, has made it clear he desires to see out his contract, the eight-time grand prix winner satisfied there’s life within the previous Honey Badger, he simply must get his claws into that MCL36.
Based on stories he does maintain all of the playing cards, the one one who has a say in whether or not or not he’s with the workforce in 2023. And he has till September to tell McLaren of his plans.
He’s already achieved that, a minimum of within the assertion he put out three weeks in the past, making it clear that he desires to proceed with McLaren, not sit on the sidelines.
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However even when Ricciardo takes up that choice, insisting on staying with McLaren, that doesn’t essentially imply he can be racing because the workforce might do what Ferrari as soon as did with Kimi Raikkonen and pay him to sit down on the sidelines.
Successfully his choices are a push, the sidelines, or racing for a workforce that he is aware of doesn’t need him there.
It does, as many have identified, mirror badly on Zak Brown and McLaren as an entire if that is how they deal with their drivers.
The corporate, already concerned in a single contract saga over in IndyCar with Alex Palou and Chip Ganassi, are courting yet one more within the house of just some weeks.
McLaren not solely want Alpine to again down on their claims that Piastri belongs to them, however additionally they want Ricciardo to keen fall on his sword both by quitting the workforce to retire or be part of one other, or take the cash and sit on Vettel’s sofa to look at the Formulation 1.
Some might argue that $15 million and never racing in Formulation 1 beats a pay lower and becoming a member of Alpine as, given the previous few days’ happenings, it appears one thing may be very fallacious over in Enstone.
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Dropping the in-form Alonso as a result of they needed him to be a seat-filler for Piastri doesn’t say a lot in regards to the workforce’s administration however shedding two drivers in a single week says rather a lot, and what it says isn’t nice, in regards to the greater ups.
Alpine have opened the door to Ricciardo returning to the workforce that he give up after simply two seasons, however on condition that he really give up after only one as he signed with McLaren after his first yr with Renault, it appears inconceivable that he would need again in.
What he desires, and has made abundantly clear, is to stay a McLaren Formulation 1 driver. “I do know what I’ve acquired. I do know my future. I do know my contract.”
After which he threw it again to McLaren…
“Give me a successful automobile and I’ll win. That’s the problem for myself and McLaren. That’s the confidence I’ve in myself. That’s why I get up and nonetheless need to do that.”