According to the latest reports, Daniel Ricciardo may have signed with McLaren. Many believe the Australian is a front-runner for the vacant seat at Ferrari in 2021. However, Ricciardo could be on his way to the Woking outfit next year. As with all rumors, take these reports with a grain of salt.
As things stand, there’s a seat available at Ferrari next year. With Sebastian Vettel and the Scuderia parting ways, a very lucrative drive just opened up. Naturally, any driver would like a shot at the most iconic team in F1 history.
According to several reports, Ferrari is considering 3 potential replacements for Vettel’s seat. The drivers in consideration are Daniel Ricciardo, Carlos Sainz, and Antonio Giovinazzi. Many believe the Maranello outfit will choose between Sainz and Ricciardo. News from the rumor mill reports that Ferrari has decided its 2021 driver lineup and will announce it soon.
Apparently, Ferrari is going ahead with Sainz and not Ricciardo as its second driver next season. While not many may agree with Ferrari’s decision, the Italian team has its own priorities to consider. However, Ricciardo may still emerge unscathed after all of this.
According to noted Italian journalist Leo Turrini, McLaren is replacing the departing Sainz with Ricciardo.
“Sainz is a solid driver, but it must also be said that in several years he has made a podium only, even if he has never had great means available. It is not the name that warms the heart. Ricciardo? It seems he has already signed with the McLaren “ Turrini was quoted saying.
Losing a Ferrari seat is painful but the honey badger could be heading to a team that definitely has World Championship winning potential. McLaren has been on a roll as of late and has seen positive growth over the years. Furthermore, the team finished a commendable fourth in the Constructors’ Championship in 2019.
Not to mention McLaren’s biggest change from 2021. McLaren will be switching to Mercedes’s power from next season, giving the team plenty to be cheerful about.
Losing Ricciardo after a shortened stint would be a huge loss to Renault. However, the team needs a suitable replacement and is probably keeping an eye on a certain 4 times World Champion.