Daniel Ricciardo’s former F1 workforce has left the door open for the Australian to return after it was confirmed his time with McLaren will finish this season.
- Alpine boss Otmar Szafnauer says his workforce extremely charges Daniel Ricciardo
- Ricciardo raced for the workforce, who had been known as Renault, for 2 seasons
- The Australian will depart McLaren on the finish of the season
Despite having a yr left on his contract, Ricciardo and McLaren will half methods on the finish of 2022 after a run of disappointing outcomes.
It is extensively anticipated fellow Australian Oscar Piastri, who’s the reserve driver for Alpine, will drive for McLaren subsequent season.
Ricciardo, who spent the 2019 and 2020 seasons with the Alpine workforce — once they raced as Renault — may make a return after workforce principal Otmar Szafnauer spoke extremely of the eight-time race winner.
“The team speak very highly of Daniel and his time here,” he informed Sky Sports F1 within the UK.
“We haven’t had those strategic discussions yet. But everyone I speak to, the engineering team, they really speak highly of his skill as a driver and as a team motivator.”
Ricciardo has mentioned he nonetheless has the will to compete in Formula 1 subsequent season however mentioned he’s keen to search for different alternatives if the proper deal isn’t supplied to him.
Szafnauer additionally took intention at Piastri in his interview with Sky Sports F1, saying he wished the 21-year-old “had a bit more integrity”.
Piastri was named because the second driver for Alpine after Fernando Alonso introduced he was leaving the workforce on the finish of the yr for Aston Martin.
The Australian sensationally contradicted Alpine’s announcement, saying no contract had been signed and he wouldn’t drive for the workforce.
Piastri is believed to have signed with McLaren, regardless of Alpine claiming they’ve a contract with him.
It can be determined by F1’s Contract Recognition Board subsequent week.
“I think the right thing for us to do is go to the CRB on Monday, see how that pans out and then start looking at some negotiations in earnest,” Szafnauer mentioned.
“He signed a piece a piece of paper as well back in November and we’ve done everything on our end of the bargain to prepare him for Formula 1, and his end of the bargain was to either drive for us, or take a seat where we would place him for the next three years.
“I simply want Oscar would have remembered what he signed in November and what he signed as much as.”
F1 returned from its mid-year break this weekend for the Belgian Grand Prix.