McLaren has options to terminate Ricciardo’s contract

McLaren has options to terminate Ricciardo’s contract

Despite comments from Daniel Ricciardo and Andreas Seidel on Friday, which confirmed the Australian’s contractual status is clear, it appears that his place in the team is uncertain.

The driver and his boss spoke to the media separately yesterday – one in the morning, the other ahead of FP2. It was easy to get the impression that they were fully prepared for the tough questions about the confusion over the player’s contract that he caused in Spain.

Their answers (available HERE) were firm and cut the topic very short, indicating that the contract does not have any options for the 2023 season, and the team does not want to cancel their partner. Practically the same about the contract was also said after qualifying on Saturday.

Comments on the surprising difficulty of the Catalan circuit in which Ricciardo was too slow were also voiced. The team found the cause of the slow motion and … that was it. Seidl even laughed that he wouldn’t say anything more because he had no interest in it.

System 1, however, is known to emphasize key agreements often with visions of breaking them. This was the case, for example, in the case of Sergio Perez, who was associated with Racing Point for years, and Otmar Szafnauer, who was also supposed to remain in the ranks of Lawrence Stroll.

McLaren has options to terminate Ricciardo's contract

Daniel and Andreas seemed to only extinguish the fire of the media and the wave of rumors, but they were not helped by Zak Brown, the CEO of McLaren, who is with the Indy team in the famous “500”. The American revealed that there was a possibility of ending the partnership with Ricciardo early.

– I don’t want to go into the details of the contract, but there are procedures that we will be joined together, and there are also procedures that we will not be. I talked to Daniel about it. We do not have the results that we expected together. But we will all keep pushing.

Daniel showed in Monza last year that he can win races. We also need to develop our car because there is no such capacity at the moment. However, we would like it to be higher.

– We will see how things turn out and what he wants to do. We also have our pilot program for young drivers, but we are taking our time.