Daniel Ricciardo has put an end to speculation over his future, stating that he will complete his contract with McLaren and is “not going away” from F1.
Palou will drive for Arrow McLaren in the IndyCar series but will also test with the F1 team, alongside McLaren’s IndyCar standout O’Ward and highly rated American Colton Herta.
Ricciardo, who is having a terrible 2022 season, wrote on social media amid mounting rumours, which escalated after McLaren signed IndyCar champion Alex Palou for 2023.
Ricciardo has a contract until the end of 2023 but McLaren have hinted at clauses to get out of that deal early. Ricciardo, however, attempted to shut down exit talk on Wednesday.
“I am committed to McLaren until the end of next year and am not walking away from the sport. Appreciate it hasn’t always been easy, but who wants it easy!
“There have been a lot of rumours around my future in Formula 1, but I want you to hear it from me,” said Ricciardo, who is currently 12th in the F1 championship and 47 points behind team-mate Lando Norris.
“I’m working my a** off with the team to make improvements and get the car right and back to the front where it belongs. I still want this more than ever.
“See you in Le Castellet. Daniel.”
Ricciardo is an eight-time F1 race winner, and joined McLaren in 2021 from Renault after previous success with Red Bull. McLaren swoop to sign IndyCar star Palou
The Australian’s post on social media followed the signing of Palou, who narrowly beat McLaren’s own O’Ward to last year’s IndyCar title.
Palou is the second IndyCar champion McLaren have signed up in a matter of months, having also confirmed Alexander Rossi. This deal was more confusing than most, as his current team Chip Ganassi Racing initially announced on Tuesday they would exercise a team option to keep Palou, before the star Spaniard refuted that on social media.
“I have recently learned from the media that this afternoon, without my approval, Chip Ganassi Racing issued a press release announcing that I would be driving with CGR in 2023,” Palou wrote on Twitter. “Even more surprising was that CGR’s release included a ‘quote’ which did not come from me. I did not author or approve that quote. As I have recently informed CGR, for personal reasons, I do not intend to continue with the team after 2022.”
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