McLaren Sparks Outrage as ‘Scapegoat’ Daniel Ricciardo Sacking Rumors Echo Across F1 World

Published 08/06/2022, 5:10 AM EDT

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2022 will be a year to forget for Daniel Ricciardo. Life at McLaren, surrounded by rumors and uncertainty, did not turn out as he would’ve hoped. The criticism surrounding Ricciardo has turned into exit rumors and those rumors might come true.

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With no official announcements from the McLaren paddock, Ricciardo has been made aware of his future as the papaya team is replacing the experienced Australian with the rookie, Oscar Piastri.

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A source close to Ricciardo disclosed the conversation between him and boss Andreas Seidl to ESPN. After the Hungarian GP, McLaren’s boss informed ‘Honey Badger’ of the team’s decision to replace him, despite him having a contract for 2023.

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A valid contract is a reason behind no official announcement, as Ricciardo negotiates a settlement with the team. However, McLaren wants to make official announcements only after Ricciardo secures a seat for the 2023 F1 season.

Multiple sources have told ESPN that McLaren has signed a deal with Piastri for the next season. Although there can be a twist if Alpine appeals to the FIA Contract Recognition Board and stops the move to McLaren.

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The last few weeks have been eventful, with a lot of announcements catching the F1 world off-guard. Sebastian Vettel knocked over the first domino with Fernando Alonso replacing him at Aston Martin.

However, the Alpine, Piastri, Ricciardo, and McLaren saga will keep fans talking as they all wait to see how the story develops.

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The news of Ricciardo’s departure can come at any time, but the leaked information was enough to inspire outrage. The outrage is boiling over on Twitter as the Honey Badger stans showcase their disappointment.

Ricciardo would be right to feel hard done by McLaren, especially after his public commitment to the team. Half of the outrage on Twitter is due to the same.

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This surely won’t be the end of Ricciardo’s career as the Australian is still full of vigor and possesses the quality to compete in F1.

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Mahim Suhalka is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. This Sports Management post-graduate is an ardent supporter of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team and their lead driver, Lewis Hamilton. The fact that Lewis dominated one of the most expensive sports in the world for all these years, despite his humble beginnings, has been a huge inspiration for Mahim and has made him a tenured fan of the competitive sport itself.
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