F1: After his announcement, Ricciardo receives a message from Red Bull
After two seasons, Daniel Ricciardo will leave McLaren next year. The Aussie’s contract for 2023 has been terminated and he doesn’t have a new team as of now. A situation that saddens Christian Horner. The Red Bull boss does not recognize the driver he had under his command from 2014 to 2018, but believes he totally has his place in Formula 1.
” McLaren Racing and Daniel Ricciardo can confirm that Daniel’s contract for 2023 has been terminated early, with both parties agreeing he will leave the team at the end of the 2022 Formula 1 season. ” A few days ago, McLaren announced the departure of Daniel Ricciardo at the end of the season. Since his arrival, the Australian driver has struggled to really establish himself within the British team. A situation that saddens his former boss at Red Bull, Chrsitian Horner : “ I no longer recognize the pilot he was with us “, he said, reports Motorsport.com.
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“He definitely has the talent it takes”
” It’s just very sad that I’m not close to him. I spoke to Daniel a bit but I don’t recognize him as the same pilot he was when he was with us. He’s one of the best guys yet in F1 “, has followed Christian Horner. ” He definitely has the talent it takes. Hope he finds a seat in F1, hope he finds his mojo because if you think of some of the races for us, winning Monaco with 50% power (in 2018). He put in incredible performances and when he was alongside Seb (Vettel, in 2014), think back to how he performed, how close he was to Max too. It’s hard for him, but I really hope he finds something for the future. »
“His confidence was undermined”
For Christian Horner“ Max has evolved since Daniel left the team. But Daniel, in his day, he was right there. He put in incredible performances, and we were sad to see him leave the team. His confidence was undermined. We are used to seeing him on the catwalk doing shoeys, having fun with his big smile. We don’t see any of that anymore. I hope for him that he finds an opportunity to continue his career, because I think Formula 1 would be better to have him in this championship than not to have him.. »
Towards a sabbatical year for Ricciardo?
It is another Australian who is tipped to replace Daniel Ricciardo at the house of McLarenin the person ofOscar Piastricurrently in conflict with Alpine. If he does not yet know what he will do next season, the former pilot Renault revealed that his phone rang a lot during the summer break. He did not rule out the possibility of taking a sabbatical if he did not receive any offer that met his expectations: “ if that makes sense, then yes. F1 is the only discipline I’m interested in, but like I said, if the stars don’t align and it doesn’t make sense, then I’m ready to do it. I still love this sport. I still love it and I still want to do it in the right place », he said.