Daniel Ricciardo told Oscar Piastri will replace him at McLaren – source

Daniel Ricciardo told Oscar Piastri will replace him at McLaren – source

Published August 6, 2022
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ESPN understands Ricciardo was informed of the decision by team boss Andreas Seidl after the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday evening and is now in discussions with the team over a financial settlement to leave his contract a year earlier than its 2023 expiration date.

Assuming McLaren’s contract with Piastri is upheld, Ricciardo now seems likely to take the Alpine seat his fellow Australian did not want for the 2023 season, which would mean a smaller pay-out than if he sat out for the full year.

A move to the French team would also come with the appealing prospect of racing McLaren on track next year, with the two teams fighting for fourth in this year’s championship and likely to be similarly matched next season.

The Piastri coup is as big a moment for McLaren as it is embarrassing for Alpine, who look set to have lost a two-time world champion and a potential future world champion to rival teams in the space of 72 hours.