Daniel Ricciardo: What subsequent after McLaren axing? The choices for Components 1 2023 as driver seeks keep


“I nonetheless have that fireplace in me, that perception I can do it on the highest stage. This is not it for me.”

Daniel Ricciardo could not have made it a lot clearer; he intends to remain in Components 1 in 2023 after his bumper McLaren contract was terminated early – and believes he nonetheless has the expertise to compete on the entrance.

However what are the Australian’s choices, and is there even house for him on the grid, not to mention in a aggressive automobile?

We assess the place Ricciardo might go from the bottom level of his profession.

Daniel Ricciardo says he will leave McLaren at the end of the 2022 season after coming to a mutual agreement, but will look back at his time with the team with a smile, saying he'll 'never forget Monza'.
Daniel Ricciardo says he’ll depart McLaren on the finish of the 2022 season after coming to a mutual settlement, however will look again at his time with the staff with a smile, saying he’ll ‘always remember Monza’.

Daniel Ricciardo says he’ll depart McLaren on the finish of the 2022 season after coming to a mutual settlement, however will look again at his time with the staff with a smile, saying he’ll ‘always remember Monza’.

A return to Renault with Alpine?

Renault have been deeply damage when Ricciardo opted to go away in 2020 and be a part of rivals McLaren – a bitter blow given the groups’ comparable tempo and aspirations – and a reconciliation by no means actually appeared on the desk given the staff’s new guise Alpine had Fernando Alonso and Oscar Piastri of their ranks.

However with a wild sequence of occasions having seen Alpine lose Alonso, and probably lose Piastri (whose transfer to McLaren can be much more contentious), Ricciardo re-joining the Renault household could swimsuit all events.

For Ricciardo, the Alpine seat is – and by a ways proper now – essentially the most aggressive seat accessible in F1, with the French staff at present locked in a really shut battle for fourth within the constructors with McLaren.

Paul Di Resta is surprised at Oscar Piastri's rejection of an Alpine seat next season and thinks the young Australian has another seat lined up for 2022.

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Paul Di Resta is stunned at Oscar Piastri’s rejection of an Alpine seat subsequent season and thinks the younger Australian has one other seat lined up for 2022.

Paul Di Resta is stunned at Oscar Piastri’s rejection of an Alpine seat subsequent season and thinks the younger Australian has one other seat lined up for 2022.

In Alpine’s case, they’re decided to maintain Piastri and consider they’ve a contract in place for his or her reserve driver to step up and substitute Alonso. However ought to the Contract Recognition Board rule in Piastri’s favour, Ricciardo provides the solace of a hungry recognized amount, who on his day continues to be speedy.

In any case, Ricciardo dominated Esteban Ocon, who has been a match for Alonso, in 2020, when he was one of many drivers of the season at Renault as he earned two podiums and re-found his type from his Crimson Bull days.

The spanner within the works could also be that the divorce is simply too contemporary within the reminiscence.

F1 contracts: Who’s driving the place in 2023?

Crimson Bull Max Verstappen Sergio Perez
Ferrari Charles Leclerc Carlos Sainz
Mercedes Lewis Hamilton George Russell
Alpine Esteban Ocon TBC
McLaren Lando Norris TBC
Alfa Romeo Valtteri Bottas TBC
Haas Kevin Magnussen TBC
Aston Martin Fernando Alonso Lance Stroll
AlphaTauri Pierre Gasly TBC
Williams Alex Albon TBC

Does Ricciardo even wish to return to a staff which he clearly thought wasn’t on target lower than two years in the past? Would he slightly begin afresh with a brand new, albeit slower within the quick time period, staff?

And would Alpine actually welcome Ricciardo again with open arms? There is a new administration construction in place and staff boss Otmar Szafnauer has touted Ricciardo as an possibility, however there can even be different, youthful, drivers accessible ought to the Piastri dispute not find yourself of their favour.

May Haas or Alfa Romeo swoop?

Haas appear to be effectively within the combine for Ricciardo, and the eight-time race winner can be a large coup for the staff who’ve been after a high-profile signing since their F1 debut six years in the past.

ESPN even report that staff boss Guenther Steiner contacted Ricciardo earlier than the Hungarian GP.

That might seemingly solid doubt on Mick Schumacher’s future – with Kevin Magnussen having impressed in his first yr again in F1 this season – and Haas wouldn’t have to abide by Ferrari with their driver determination regardless of their shut partnership and the very fact Schumacher is a Ferrari junior.

Following the news that Daniel Ricciardo will leave McLaren at the end of the season, take a look at his greatest race victories for Red Bull.

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Following the information that Daniel Ricciardo will depart McLaren on the finish of the season, check out his biggest race victories for Crimson Bull.

Following the information that Daniel Ricciardo will depart McLaren on the finish of the season, check out his biggest race victories for Crimson Bull.

That opens the door for Ricciardo from their facet, however this deal nonetheless appears unlikely.

Haas are the smallest staff on the grid and Ricciardo would primarily be waving goodbye to his hopes of ever successful once more in F1 if he signed on long run, whereas the financials would additionally appear tough given the US staff’s funds.

However might the equally Ferrari-powered Alfa Romeo be an possibility?

Whereas there isn’t a concrete proof that Alfa have an interest, they’ve the following best seat accessible after Alpine and there might be long-term advantages – with Audi’s F1 entry for 2026 considered through Sauber, who at present run the Alfa Romeo staff.

Ricciardo, although, will likely be 36 by the point of that potential deal, and Alfa could not need one other skilled driver given they at present have ex-Mercedes man Valtteri Bottas impressing.

Zhou Guanyu additionally hasn’t had a disastrous rookie yr by any means, so they could decide to stay with what they have.

Are Williams curious about making a splash?

A transfer to Williams can be a giant backwards step for Ricciardo, given they at present have a slower automobile than the aforementioned Haas.

What Williams do have on their facet, although, is loads of historical past – and seemingly a giant funds.

Williams have been taken over by Dorilton Capital in 2020 and the US house owners might see Ricciardo’s availability as the prospect to make their first main splash, with Alex Albon their solely signing in the previous few years.

McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo speaks to Ted Kravitz to dismiss speculation surrounding his future with the team.

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McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo speaks to Ted Kravitz to dismiss hypothesis surrounding his future with the staff.

McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo speaks to Ted Kravitz to dismiss hypothesis surrounding his future with the staff.

Ricciardo, in any case, is considered one of F1’s greatest recognized stars, significantly Stateside due to his recognition in Netflix collection Drive to Survive.

There additionally seems to be sure to be a seat at Williams, with Nicholas Latifi set to depart. Piastri seemed prone to be a part of the Grove staff in 2023 on mortgage from Alpine earlier than this switch saga started.

However would Ricciardo actually wish to drop in direction of the again of the grid? He would have seen the motivation dissipate from former Crimson Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel in an identical state of affairs at Aston Martin.

And are Williams even , or do they need a long-term youthful possibility?

Retirement, or one other type of motorsport?

Aged simply 33, Ricciardo must be within the prime of his profession and has made it abundantly clear that he intends to proceed.

“This sport, I nonetheless find it irresistible,” he added in a social media video on Wednesday night time.

Whereas out-classed by Lando Norris, he additionally hasn’t been an almighty failure at McLaren – usually not far off the tempo of the gifted Briton whereas he gained the Italian GP final yr.

There’s a state of affairs, although, the place Ricciardo is compelled to exit with the choices not precisely plentiful for 2023. Aside from the groups talked about above, AlphaTauri have the one different emptiness, and them being Crimson Bull’s junior staff makes a Ricciardo transfer there essentially the most unlikely of the bunch.

Sky F1's Natalie Pinkham is joined by McLaren’s Lando Norris for a chat ahead of his home race at the British Grand Prix.

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Sky F1’s Natalie Pinkham is joined by McLaren’s Lando Norris for a chat forward of his dwelling race on the British Grand Prix.

Sky F1’s Natalie Pinkham is joined by McLaren’s Lando Norris for a chat forward of his dwelling race on the British Grand Prix.

In that case, Ricciardo could also be compelled to look elsewhere. The Australian has a love for the US and there are many collection on the market which might like to have him, reminiscent of IndyCar, whereas Components E is also an possibility.

McLaren have each an IndyCar and a Components E staff, coincidentally.

McLaren chief Zak Brown, although, says he desires Ricciardo to remain in F1 subsequent season.

“He is an distinctive racing driver, and any staff that he drives for, it is a privilege to have Daniel drive for you,” stated Brown.

“We do have quite a lot of racing actions, however that being stated, he is very centered on F1.

“In fact the door will at all times be open at McLaren, however I consider he has an actual need to proceed in F1.”

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