Daniel Ricciardo is one of the most popular F1 drivers today, but faces an incredibly difficult off-track situation at McLaren.
Ricciardo’s move to McLaren turned out to be a nightmare for him. Plenty considered his duo with Lando Norris to be one of the best in F1, but that wasn’t the case. Norris has largely outperformed Ricciardo, apart from the latter’s solitary victory at Monza last season.
However, Ricciardo faces an even more difficult off-piste. Drivers have bad times, that’s when they need the support of the team. McLaren, on the other hand, seems not to let the Australian driver pass and is considering scrapping him altogether.
daniel ricciardo deserves your respect and certainly deserves better from mclaren pic.twitter.com/bcx6F1UZtO
— Kat ❁ (@honey_ricc) August 4, 2022
Team CEO Zak Brown has added plenty of young talent to his team’s junior program, who look just above Ricciardo’s shoulders. As of this week, 2021 F2 champion Oscar Piastri has also been added to the list.
Despite Ricciardo’s poor form, he gave his all for the team. On top of that, he’s one of the most marketable drivers in F1 today, and the fact that McLaren treats him badly doesn’t sit well with many.
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Daniel Ricciardo blamed for McLaren’s disappointing season
It’s no secret that McLaren isn’t where it wants to be. They were going to face Ferrari for P3 last year, and while the Scuderia jumped to the front of the grid, McLaren seem to have taken a step back.
Amid all the speculation surrounding Piastri’s move to McLaren, ESPN underlined how crucial Ricciardo is for F1. They feel the Perth-born driver is looked down upon by an organization trying to cover up his own failings.
Ricciardo brings in a lot of sponsorship money and his popularity leads to merchandise sales. Piastri is a huge talent, but the young Australian remains relatively unknown outside the F1 world. As a result, it would be a questionable idea to replace it.
For everyone who says Daniel Riccardo is finished. Take a look at the 2022 Hungarian GP double overtake before it has to run on hard tyres.
—Momos (@Mohit853) August 2, 2022
Something else ESPN revealed how other teams are looking at Ricciardo. Four F1 teams have contacted him in recent weeks to discuss his future.
Ricciardo’s move to McLaren didn’t work out. However, we all know how good the 33-year-old can be. And he will certainly be an asset to any team he joins in the future.
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