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Formula 1: McLaren: tough announcement to Ricciardo

Formula 1 showdown in the silly season. The driver’s carousel continues to rotate happily. According to a report, McLaren wants to throw out its F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo and sign his compatriot and noble talent Oscar Piastri.

The world is turning fast in Formula 1. Because Ricciardo actually has a valid working paper until the end of 2023. But the chaos surrounding Oscar Piastri fuels the personnel carousel. The racing team has informed the “honey badger” that they want to terminate their contract after this season. This is reported by the specialist media “Autosport” and “Motorsport-aktuell.com”.

According to the information, Piastri initially signed a deal as a replacement driver. The actual plan, however, is to put the 21-year-old in the regular cockpit if the separation with Ricciardo works.

What is surprising: Both McLaren CEO Zak Brown and team boss Andreas Seidl had recently emphasized that Ricciardo was still being relied on when explicitly asked by “RTL/ntv”. The commitment was apparently not really sustainable.

Who gets the Alpine Cockpit?

Piastri had caused chaos during the week. His previous team Alpine, where he was a reserve driver, had announced him as the new driver. Shortly thereafter, the racing driver vehemently disagreed. He will not drive for the French and also has no contract. boom

However, Alpine also sees itself in the right. Everything apparently depends on a clause in the Piastri contract, which Alpine may have pulled too late.

Maybe there will also be a ring exchange royale. Because now a cockpit is free at Alpine. Ricciardo, for example, could then stay there. He already drove for the team from 2019 to 2020 – at that time under the name Renault. However, Alpine could also be interesting for Mick Schumacher. The current talks with Haas have been suspended over the summer break. Maybe the wires to France are glowing hot.

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