Daniel Ricciardo Given a Message of Hope From McLaren F1

Published 09/26/2022, 2:10 PM EDT
ZANDVOORT, NETHERLANDS – SEPTEMBER 4: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and McLaren during Race during of the Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix at Cicuit Zandvoort on September 4, 2022 in Zandvoort, Netherlands (Photo by Marcel ter Bals/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

McLaren have decided to part ways with Daniel Ricciardo at the end of the season. Oscar Piastri has been chosen as Honey Badger’s replacement for the 2023 season.

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The Australian arrived at McLaren to take his illustrious career to new heights. But, unfortunately, the move hasn’t worked out for him. While Lando Norris has been in sparkling touch, Daniel has struggled to get to grips with the MCL36.

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The Woking-based team currently stands 5th in the constructor’s championship, 18 points behind arch rivals, Alpine. It must feel like a kick in the gut for McLaren after the exploits of last year.

Andreas Seidl backs Daniel Ricciardo to bounce back

Although things might not have fallen into place for Daniel Ricciardo at McLaren, Team Principal Andreas Seidl believes Daniel can still get back to top form. It’s been a rough ride for the Australian in F1 ever since his move away from Red Bull. He arrived at McLaren after a decent season at Renault, as he finished 5th in the driver’s championship, 6 points behind Sergio Perez in 4th.

Andreas Seidl and Zak Brown would have ideally wanted him to kick on from there. However, that didn’t really happen. Daniel might have gotten McLaren’s first win at Monza after almost a decade, but it was far from the level of consistency expected from a talent like him.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 12: McLaren Chief Executive Officer Zak Brown and McLaren Team Principal Andreas Seidl talk in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Australia at Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit on March 12, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

Despite how things have transpired, Andreas Seidl still believes Daniel has the skill set to bounce back. McLaren’s Team Principal said, “I’m absolutely convinced that is possible because I’ve seen that in the past myself.”

“I experienced it with other drivers and we have seen that in the past with other drivers.

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Talking about Daniel’s failed stint at McLaren, he stated, “Unfortunately, that happened between us and Daniel and I hope he clicks again on his next adventure and that it works.”

Daniel Ricciardo’s possible choices for the 2023 season

It would be a shame to lose a driver like Daniel in F1. But, we also know that f1’s ultra-competitive and cutthroat nature leaves drivers with a minimal margin of error. The options for Daniel going into the next season are Alpine, Haas, Alfa Romeo, and Williams.

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Will Daniel be able to secure a seat for the 2023 season or is it the end of the road for one of the most iconic drivers of his generation?

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Shubham Bajpai

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Shubham Bajpai is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his undergrad in Law, he set out to venture into the world of Sports Journalism. He is a sports enthusiast, but his sheer love for Formula 1 and Soccer holds an edge over the other.

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