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McLaren to switch Daniel Ricciardo with Oscar Piastri

McLaren has advised Daniel Ricciardo it intends to switch him with Components 2 champion Oscar Piastri subsequent season, ESPN’s Nate Saunders stories.

Ricciardo was reportedly knowledgeable by group boss Andreas Seidl about McLaren’s determination after the Hungarian Grand Prix and is engaged on a settlement settlement. Ricciardo’s contract was set to anticipate after the 2023 season.

The transfer comes after Alpine introduced Piastri because the group’s alternative for Fernando Alonso, who shocked them by asserting he would be a part of Aston Martin subsequent season. Piastri mentioned he wouldn’t drive for Alpine regardless of the group asserting him as their second driver subsequent season.

“I perceive that, with out my settlement, Alpine F1 have put out a press launch late this afternoon that I’m driving for them subsequent 12 months. That is unsuitable and I’ve not signed a contract with Alpine for 2023. I can’t be driving for Alpine subsequent 12 months,” he wrote on Twitter.

Alpine group principal Otmar Szafnauer had urged earlier than signing Piastri that there can be no situation with Ricciardo returning to the group he left on the finish of 2020. Alpine believes they’re in a powerful authorized standing to maintain Piastri from becoming a member of McLaren.

“I do know he does have contractual obligations to us and we do to him. We now have been honouring these obligations all 12 months,” Szafnauer advised the BBC. “We do have a authorized contract with him into the longer term with ’23 and if an possibility is taken up, for ’24.”

Ricciardo has been outperformed by teammate Lando Norris this season, resulting in hypothesis that McLaren might go in one other route with their No. 2 spot. Again 13 July, Ricciardo launched an announcement insisting he was dedicated to F1 and decided to stick with McLaren to the top of his contract subsequent 12 months.

McLaren additionally introduced on IndyCar drivers Pato O’Ward and Colton Herta as check drivers with each expressing an curiosity in making the transfer to F1.


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