Aug 5, 2022 According to a source close to the Australian driver, Daniel Ricciardo has been informed by McLaren that Formula 2 winner Oscar Piastri will take his spot for the upcoming season.
After the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday night, according to ESPN, team owner Andreas Seidl notified Ricciardo of the decision. Ricciardo is currently negotiating a financial settlement with the team to end his contract one year earlier than its 2023 expiration date.
Only Alpine’s appeal to the FIA contract recognition board may now prevent him from driving there, according to multiple sources who spoke to ESPN. McLaren and Piastri have already inked a contract for next year.
Piastri was set to take Fernando Alonso’s spot at Alpine on Tuesday, but an hour later, Piastri tweeted that he will not be competing for the French squad in 2017.
Ricciardo now appears set to accept the Alpine seat that his fellow Australian did not want for the 2023 season, which would result in a lower pay-out than if he sat out for the entire year, assuming McLaren’s contract with Piastri is upheld.
In 2019 and 2020, Ricciardo competed at Alpine while it was still known as Renault, and the management group has undergone a radical shift since he left for McLaren.
In 2020, Ricciardo was one of the best drivers on the grid, and there is a perception in the Formula One paddock that he needs a change of scenery to go back to his best.
Otmar Szafnauer, the new manager of the Alpine squad, has stated that he would not object to Ricciardo rejoining the team.
A move to the French team would also offer the allure of competing against McLaren on the track the next season, since the two teams were vying for fourth in the current championship and are anticipated to be evenly matched.
Ricciardo taking Mick Schumacher’s place at Haas would be an unlikely possibility, albeit it’s thought Ferrari has the last say in the matter.
Racer.com said that McLaren is delaying publicly confirming Piastri until Ricciardo can find himself a drive somewhere on the grid for the upcoming season.
The Piastri victory is a major accomplishment for McLaren as well as a humiliating setback for Alpine, who appear destined to lose a two-time world champion and a potential future world champion to rival teams within a span of 72 hours.
Piastri, 21, will make his F1 debut with Lando Norris, 22, in what is likely to be the greatest young driver partnership on the F1 grid.