The nice sport of musical chairs may go away Daniel Ricciardo and not using a seat in 2023.
The Aussie star final week re-affirmed his dedication to McLaren regardless of Sebastian Vettel’s shock retirement briefly leaving a vacant seat.
That was adopted by the bombshell information Fernando Alonso was leaving Alpine, opening the door for Aussie Oscar Piastri to get behind the wheel for the F1 crew.
It has been revealed Alonso’s present crew, Alpine, learnt of the information of his transfer to Aston Martin at the very same time as everybody else, by a press launch.
Alpine are actually set to play laborious ball with gifted teen Piastri who’s managed by Aussie legend Mark Webber.
Piastri and Webber are reported to have agreed to a take care of McLaren with Alpine’s plan to maintain Alonso on board for yet one more season earlier than putting in Piastri behind the wheel.
Alonso’s bombshell defection, nevertheless, modified all of that.
The advantageous print on his take care of Alpine and the small print of the reported association Webber had with McLaren is doubtlessly headed for a authorized stoush.
Regardless of the storm, Alpine crew boss Otmar Szafnauer has confirmed he has not spoken to Webber since Alonso’s information got here out.
Szafnauer stated whereas he wasn’t aware about an discussions between Piastri and McLaren, he reiterated the Aussie has contractual obligations to Alpine.
“I hear the identical rumours that you just do within the pitlane. However what I do know is that he does have contractual obligations to us. And we do to him. And we’ve been honouring these obligations all yr,” Szafnauer stated to Autosport.
“And people obligations, final by ‘23, and presumably in ‘24, if some choices are taken up.”
The craziest improvement within the sport of musical chairs is new hypothesis Ricciardo might be headed again to Alpine — the crew he walked out on to affix McLaren.
Ricciardo lately moved to silence all of the rumours in a defiant Instagram message.
“There have been lots of rumours round my future in Formulation 1, however I need you to listen to it from me,” he wrote.
“I’m dedicated to McLaren till the top of subsequent yr and am not strolling away from the game. Recognize it hasn’t at all times been simple, however who needs simple!
“I’m working my a** off with the crew to make enhancements and get the automobile proper and again to the entrance the place it belongs. I nonetheless need this greater than ever.”
Ricciardo’s depressing season solely acquired worse on Sunday, ending fifteenth within the Hungarian Grand Prix on the Hungaroring.