Daniel Ricciardo: Haas boss Guenther Steiner confirms interest in outgoing McLaren driver


Daniel Ricciardo’s contract terminated early by McLaren, leaving him a free agent for 2023; Haas and Williams are amongst a number of groups to have been linked to the Australian; watch Belgian GP weekend reside on Sky Sports, with Sunday’s race at 2pm

Last Updated: 26/08/22 7:02pm

Daniel Ricciardo sits down with Rachael Brookes to discuss his exit from McLaren

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Daniel Ricciardo sits down with Rachael Brookes to debate his exit from McLaren

Daniel Ricciardo sits down with Rachael Brookes to debate his exit from McLaren

Haas group principal Guenther Steiner has confirmed his interest in outgoing McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo amid uncertainty over Mick Schumacher’s future with the group.

McLaren and Ricciardo confirmed on Wednesday they’d agreed a mutual termination of the Australian’s contract on the finish of the season, which has left him with out a drive for subsequent season.

Ricciardo has expressed his want to stay in the game, with Haas amongst a number of groups to have been linked to the 33-year-old forward of the season’s resumption at this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix – reside and unique on Sky Sports F1, with Saturday’s qualifying at 3pm and Sunday’s race at 2pm.

“I didn’t make any phone calls,” Steiner informed Sky Sports F1’s Rachel Brookes. “I’m just sitting there seeing how it all pans out.

“Danny simply introduced a few days in the past that he could be leaving McLaren, so I did not wish to become involved in that one.

Haas team principal Guenther Steiner says he would like to hold talks with Ricciardo

Haas group principal Guenther Steiner says he want to maintain talks with Ricciardo

“I think in my position I have to speak with anybody. I haven’t spoken with him. But let’s see, first I think we wait until this weekend is over and see if Daniel gets over it and see what he wants to do. I have no idea what he wants to do after this season.”

Steiner reiterated that Haas are not sure as to whether or not they wish to retain Schumacher to drive alongside Kevin Magnussen in 2023, with the German driver having didn’t reside as much as the group’s expectations for a lot of this season.

“Yeah there is a seat [available],” Steiner stated. “But we don’t know who to put in there. At the moment we’ve got a driver in there, and it could be that he stays in there.”

Mick Schumacher was among several drivers to struggle in slippery conditions during Belgian GP practice on Friday

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Mick Schumacher was amongst a number of drivers to wrestle in slippery circumstances throughout Belgian GP apply on Friday

Mick Schumacher was amongst a number of drivers to wrestle in slippery circumstances throughout Belgian GP apply on Friday

Asked if that meant Schumacher was on “rocky ground”, Steiner continued: “I wouldn’t say rocky. We just need to look around and do the best for the team.

“Mick has performed job in Canada, Silverstone and Austria, and now we have got just a few extra races right here and we simply monitor how it’s going after which we are going to take our choices.”

Williams in ‘no rush’ over 2023 driver line-up

Williams chief Jost Capito says the team is in “no rush” to make a decision on their driver line-up for 2023 despite speculation linking them with Ricciardo

Alexander Albon will remain a Williams driver in 2023 after extending his contract with the Formula 1 team earlier in August.

Red Bull F1 team principal Christian Horner says he is saddened by the announcement that McLaren are to replace Ricciardo

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Red Bull F1 team principal Christian Horner says he is saddened by the announcement that McLaren are to replace Ricciardo

Red Bull F1 team principal Christian Horner says he is saddened by the announcement that McLaren are to replace Ricciardo

Speaking on Thursday, Capito said “there’s a good likelihood” of Nicholas Latifi also being at Williams in 2023, but no decision will be made until after the Italian Grand Prix on September 11.

“We will focus on with everyone and see what is going on on,” Capito said. “We don’t have any rush and we would not take a call until, on the earliest, after Monza.

“We have our two drivers, we announced Alex. We handle our drivers very well.

“Also, with Nicky, he has improved so much in the current races. He is prepared to proceed with us and we might be prepared to proceed with him. And he now has one other three European races the place he can show that he’s getting higher with the automotive, has extra confidence with the automotive.

Will Canadian Nicholas Latifi still be racing for Williams in the 2023 season?

Will Canadian Nicholas Latifi nonetheless be racing for Williams in the 2023 season?

“He is in a good way recently, so if he uses the break properly and shows his performance, then there is a good chance of him being with us next year.

“On the opposite hand, we now have our personal younger drivers. Logan (Sargeant) is there, he has had a improbable season in F2.

“We are sorted with drivers and we have good options.”

‘Chadwick shouldn’t be impressed by Domenicali feedback’

Jamie Chadwick, who holds the information for probably the most wins, podiums, pole positions and factors in the all-female W Series, can also be a improvement driver for Williams, and Capito stated the 24-year-old Brit “should not be impressed” by Stefano Domenicali’s current feedback that he doesn’t envisage females competing in F1 over the following 5 years.

Twenty-four-year old W Series champion Jamie Chadwick is a development driver for Williams

Twenty-four-year previous W Series champion Jamie Chadwick is a improvement driver for Williams

“This is Stefano’s view, and based on what?” Capito stated. “I think Jamie should not be impressed by that.

“We are working very carefully with Jamie. She is a part of our academy… she understands the place she has to enhance and she or he will get very particular coaching which helps her so much and offers her far more alternatives.

“Finally, she has to prove in F3 and F2 that she deserves a place in Formula 1. If she is willing to do that, she will have our support.”

Sky Sports F1’s reside Belgian GP schedule

Saturday, August 27
9.30am: F3 Sprint Race
11.45pm: Belgian GP Practice Three (session begins 12pm)
2pm: Belgian GP Qualifying Build-up
3pm: BELGIAN GP QUALIFYING
4.55pm: F2 Sprint Race

Sunday, August 28
7.45am: F2 Feature Race
9.15am: F2 Feature Race
12.30pm: Grand Prix Sunday: Belgian GP Build-up
2pm: THE BELGIAN GRAND PRIX
4pm: Chequered Flag: Belgian GP Reaction
5.30pm: Belgian GP Highlights

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