Daniel Ricciardo issues bleary-eyed statement after McLaren stint cut short

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DANIEL RICCIARDO and McLaren will part ways at the end of the 2022 season.

Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo at 2022 McLaren launch

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Daniel Ricciardo has spoken out on the announcement that he and McLaren will part ways at the end of the 2022 season. The development calls time on a prolonged period of speculation around the Aussie’s future, with his seat presumed to be under threat after a string of underwhelming performances.

Ricciardo’s statement came after McLaren had announced the ‘mutually agreed’ split, which was instigated by the team.

The eight-time Grand Prix winner had struggled to keep pace with team-mate Lando Norris since joining from Renault in 2021. 

The 33-year-old has amassed less than one third of the points racked up by Norris at this stage of the season and reigning F2 champion Oscar Piastri is expected to take his place in 2023.

Ricciardo appeared devastated as he shed more light on the situation on Wednesday afternoon, with his contract set to be cut short by 12 months. 

Daniel Ricciardo issues bleary-eyed statement after McLaren stint cut short

Daniel Ricciardo has spoken out after it emerged that 2022 will be his final season with McLaren (Image: Twitter @danielricciardo / GETTY)

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“I wanted to share some news,” he said in a video posted on Twitter. “It’s not great, it’s bittersweet for sure but I thought it’s best that you hear it from me.

“2022 will be my last year with McLaren. We put in a lot of effort on both sides but it hasn’t worked the way we wanted so the team has decided to make a change for next year.

“We had a lot of discussions but in the end we mutually agreed that it was the right thing for both us. I will continue to give it my all this year so that’s that. For the future, what lies ahead, I’m not sure yet but we’ll see. I look back on this time with McLaren with a smile. I learned a lot about myself, things that will help in the next step of my career and in life.

“From a results point of view, to consistently get the results I was after, wasn’t always there. It made some weekends tough. I felt those, absolutely. But I also have many happy memories of my time with the team and I think about Monza, standing on the top step and bringing the team their first win since 2012. That sort of stuff was awesome.

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