Daniel Ricciardo to leave McLaren as F1 team confirm Lando Norris will get new team-mate

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DANIEL RICCIARDO will leave McLaren at the end of the 2022 season.

Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo at 2022 McLaren launch

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McLaren have announced that they have reached an agreement to mutually terminate Daniel Ricciardo’s contract with the team at the end of the 2022 season. The British F1 team have been planning to replace the Australian after reportedly signing Oscar Piastri as Lando Norris’ team-mate and they have now agreed a pay-off for the Aussie.

Ricciardo’s departure had been expected for some time after a disappointing campaign and McLaren confirmed in a statement on Wednesday afternoon that the two parties had reached a “mutual” agreement to terminate his contract. 

“McLaren Racing and Daniel Ricciardo have mutually agreed that Daniel will leave the team at the end of the 2022 season,” the statement read.

“The team thanks Daniel for his dedication and contribution, including that memorable win in Monza. We look forward to finishing the season strongly together.”

Ricciardo chose to share the news with a video message on his official Twitter account and the 32-year-old admitted the decision had left him feeling “bittersweet”.

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Daniel Ricciardo: The Australian is leaving McLaren (Image: Getty Images)

“I have some news to share and it’s not great, bittersweet for sure, but I think it’s best to hear from me… 2022 will be my last year with McLaren,” he said.

“We put in a lot of effort on both sides but it hasn’t worked the way we wanted, so the two teams decided to make a change for next year and we had a lot of discussions. But in the end we mutually agreed that it was the right thing.”

It is understood Ricciardo, who made a public statement of intent to see out his contract until 2023 only last month, has received a substantial pay-off to leave the team and is likely to be allowed to find a seat elsewhere. Haas and Alpine have both reportedly approached the driver to discuss a drive for next year.

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Daniel Ricciardo: The Australian could join another F1 team for 2023 (Image: Getty Images)

CEO Zak Brown paid tribute to the eight-time race winner and said Ricciardo leading home McLaren’s only victory in the hybrid era at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza last year was his “highlight”.

But the American supremo admitted “it was no secret” that both parties felt performances had not been good enough, with Ricciardo only contributing 19 of the teams’ points this season compared to Norris’ haul of 76.

“Daniel has been a great addition to McLaren, and it’s been a pleasure working with him,” Brown said. “I’d like to thank him for all of his efforts over the last two seasons both trackside and back at base.

Daniel Ricciardo to leave McLaren as F1 team confirm Lando Norris will get new team-mate

Oscar Piastri: The Australian has reportedly signed a contract with McLaren (Image: Getty Images)

“It’s no secret that we hoped we could achieve more together but seeing him stand on the top step of the podium as a McLaren driver was a highlight. We wish him well for the future and let’s go enjoy the rest of the season together.”

It is now expected that Piastri, the 21-year-old currently contracted to Alpine as their reserve driver, will replace Ricciardo for next season, although American prodigy Colton Herta has been linked with the seat.

McLaren have said their 2023 lineup will be confirmed “in due course”, but it is likely to be Piastri who links up with the Papaya for next season after denying he had signed a contract with Alpine in July.

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