Ricciardo ‘won’t walk away’ from McLaren or F1 in 2023
Since joining McLaren last year, Ricciardo has struggled to adapt to the Woking team’s machines.
Aside from a rare highlight in winning the 2021 Italian Grand Prix, the Australian has generally struggled to match established team-mate Lando Norris in either qualifying of the races, which has prompted some speculation over the 33-year-old’s future.
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But on Wednesday, Ricciardo took to social media to quell any speculation he wouldn’t see out his three-year contract with McLaren, which runs until the end of 2023.
“There have been a lot of rumors surrounding my future in Formula 1, but I want you to hear it from me,” Ricciardo wrote on his Twitter and Instagram pages.
“I’m committed to McLaren until the end of next year and I’m not stepping away from the sport.
“I understand it hasn’t always been easy, but who wants it to be easy!
“I’m working hard with the team to make improvements and get the car back to where it needs to be. I still want that more than ever.”
Ricciardo’s comments came a day after McLaren announced it had fired reigning IndyCar champion Alex Palou from Chip Ganassi Racing, despite Ganassi claiming to have extended Palou’s contract in a bizarre showdown.
Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL36
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McLaren announced the arrival of Palou, who is eligible for an FIA superlicence as an IndyCar champion, without specifying in which series McLaren Racing will employ the Spaniard.
In 2023, the group will field teams in F1, IndyCar, Formula E and Extreme E.
McLaren also has fellow IndyCar favorite Pato O’Ward in its stable and earlier this week handed a test drive in its 2021 F1 car to Andretti Autosport IndyCar driver Colton Herta as the 22-year-old American is prepared for the FP1 releases this year.
The young talent McLaren is piling its lineup with through the series is believed to all be considering a move to Formula 1.
Last month, McLaren signed 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi from Andretti Autosport to bolster its 2023 IndyCar three-car lineup, while also being able to choose to keep Felix Rosenqvist in the IndyCar lineup or transfer him to Formula E.