Daniel Ricciardo is having an underwhelming year with McLaren following a rocky debut season with the UK-based team.
Sporting News has all the latest updates regarding the 32-year-old’s status for the 2023 season.
Will Daniel Ricciardo race for McLaren in 2023?
Daniel Ricciardo is currently on a deal that keeps him with McLaren until the end of the 2023 season, meaning the Australian is set to continue with the team in papaya next year.
There are reports that the eight-time grand prix winner has the option to extend his contract if he desires, but this has not been confirmed by the team.
However, there have also been rumours that McLaren is looking to replace their Australian driver heading into next season, with IndyCar racers Pato O’Ward and Colton Herta seen as possible options.
McLaren CEO Zak Brown explained in May on the F1 Nation podcast that negotiations will take place later this year.
“We have another year together, we do like to think long out, hence doing some testing with Pato [O’Ward],” Brown said.
“We’re going to do some testing with Colton [Herta], we’ve got Ugo [Ugochukwu] in Formula 4, who put it on pole at his first race. So I don’t think you can ever plan too early, but there’s no rush.
“His race days have been very strong, much better in qualifying. Listening to him earlier this week with the team, I think he still doesn’t feel he’s 10 out of 10 on top of the car, but he has got a great relationship with Lando [Norris], and he knows the team well.”
However, McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl told The Age that he expects Ricciardo to bounce back in due course.
At the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, the Australian driver expressed he has no doubts he will be driving for the team in 2023, despite constant rumours he will be replaced next season.
“The clarity is there for us moving forward, my contract is clear with the team for next year, I’m fully committed, I’ve certainly voiced that,” Ricciardo said.
“Obviously now, it’s [about performing] on track, and showing these moments, these races I know I’m capable of, and I do truly believe I have the full support of the team, and we want to do it together.”
His teammate, Lando Norris, is currently on a four-year deal that keeps him with McLaren until the end of 2025.
Ricciardo has had a mixed recent few years in Formula 1, controversially moving from Red Bull to Renault in 2019, before making the switch to McLaren in 2021.
When is Daniel Ricciardo racing next?
After a strong showing at the Australian Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo had a run of difficult races, capped off by a frustrating Monaco Grand Prix.
He finally returned to the points with an 8th place finish in Baku before an 11th place finish in Montreal the following week.
The Australian’s next challenge will be at Silverstone in the British Grand Prix.
The race will begin at 12:00 am AEST on Monday, July 4.
Daniel Ricciardo’s Formula 1 results in 2022
Both McLaren drivers have had a mixed season, with a double points finish at the Australian Grand Prix and a podium for Lando Norris in Italy the most notable achievements so far.
|Bahrain Grand Prix||P14||P15|
|Saudi Arabian Grand Prix||DNF||P7|
|Australian Grand Prix||P6||P5|
|Emilia Romagna Grand Prix||P18||P3|
|Miami Grand Prix||P13||DNF|
|Spanish Grand Prix||P12||P8|
|Monaco Grand Prix||P13||P6|
|Azerbaijan Grand Prix||P8||P9|
|Canadian Grand Prix||P11||P15|
When is the next Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix?
Daniel Ricciardo was treated like a superstar at Albert Park this year, with the next Australian Grand Prix set to take place in 2023.
Thanks to a new contract extension, Formula 1 will hold a race in Melbourne until at the least the end of 2035.
There are no details regarding specific dates for next year’s Grand Prix, with the potential for the race to return as the season opener.