Getting paid $15 million to sit down round a yr would possibly seem to be a dream job to most of us, however Daniel Ricciardo deserves higher from McLaren.
If, and proper now it’s a rumor primarily based on many rumors and unknown sources, Oscar Piastri has signed a letter of intent to compete for McLaren subsequent season, the Woking crew has a whole lot of drivers.
Ricciardo being too many.
Whether or not McLaren right this moment has a alternative between conserving him or conserving Lando Norris is indeniable on condition that, whereas the Aussie has the crew’s solely win since 2012, Norris has been the extra constant driver.
One can’t argue with that. It is a easy truth as a result of numbers do not lie.
However to push the 33-year-old out with only one yr left on his contract, a yr that might be his final in Method 1 because it stands, is a poor transfer from McLaren who have not given him, or Norris. race successful automobile.
Ricciardo, nevertheless, has made it clear he desires to see out his contract, with the eight-time grand prix winner satisfied there may be life within the Honey Badger, he simply must get his paws on the MCL36.
In response to stories he holds all of the playing cards, he’s the one one that has a say in whether or not or not he might be with the crew in 2023. And he has till September to tell McLaren of his plans.
He has already carried out so, a minimum of in his assertion three weeks in the past, making it clear that he desires to proceed with McLaren, not sit on the sidelines.
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— Daniel Ricciardo (@danielricciardo) July 13, 2022
However even when Ricciardo takes that choice, insisting on staying with McLaren, that does not imply he’ll be racing because the crew might do what Ferrari as soon as did with Kimi Raikkonen and pay him to remain on the sidelines.
His choices are successfully pushing, sidestepping, or operating for a crew he is aware of does not need him there.
It’s, as many have identified, a nasty reflection on Zak Brown and McLaren generally if that is how they deal with their drivers.
The corporate, which has already been concerned in a contract scandal in IndyCar with Alex Palou and Chip Ganassi, is courting once more in only a few weeks.
McLaren not solely want Alpine to reject their declare that Piastri is theirs, however additionally they want Ricciardo to be able to fall on his sword both by leaving the crew to retire or be a part of one other, or take the cash and sit on Vettel’s sofa. method 1.
Some would possibly argue that $15 million and never competing in Method 1 beats taking a pay reduce to hitch Alpine as a result of, given the occasions of the previous few days, one thing appears very flawed at Enstone.
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Shedding an in-form Alonso as a result of they needed him to fill in for Piastri does not say a lot concerning the crew’s management however dropping two drivers within the house of per week says quite a bit, and what it says shouldn’t be good, concerning the climb. .
Alpine has opened the door for Ricciardo to return to the crew he left after simply two seasons, however on condition that he left after just one season when he signed for McLaren after his first yr with Renault, it appears unlikely that he would wish to return.
What he desires, and he has made it very clear, is to stay a McLaren Method 1 driver. “I do know what I’ve. I do know my future. I do know my contract.”
After which introduced it again to McLaren…
“Give me a successful automobile and I’ll win. That is the problem for me and McLaren. That’s the braveness I’ve in me. That is why I get up and nonetheless wish to do that.”