Losing McLaren F1 seat to Piastri is “just business”


Although there was no official phrase from the Woking camp, and a Contracts Recognition Board case involving Alpine is nonetheless pending, Piastri appears set to race for McLaren in 2023 in a deal put collectively by his supervisor Webber.

The alternative to land Piastri led to the crew coming to an settlement for Ricciardo to go away on the finish of this season.

Despite this, Ricciardo says Piastri and his supervisor Mark Webber shifting to safe the vacant McLaren seat is “simply Business“.

“I honestly still don’t know what the future holds for Oscar,” Ricciardo mentioned when requested if he noticed what has unfolded in current weeks as simply typical F1 Business.

“But yeah, I imply, from the phrases of that, it is simply Business.

“And clearly Mark’s simply doing his job for Oscar. So I do not take any of that non-public. Assuming Oscar… I believe he is type of assured a spot on the grid subsequent 12 months someplace.

“So I will support him, and I will support a fellow Aussie and yeah, I don’t take it personal.”

Oscar Piastri, Alpine

Oscar Piastri, Alpine

Photo by: Alpine

Ricciardo mentioned he had had no contact with the Piastri camp in current weeks.

“Have I heard from him? No. I do not suppose there’s been a purpose for him to attain out.

“I’m positive they are going by means of their stuff as nicely. I’ve clearly been making an attempt to kind my stuff out.”

Wednesday’s affirmation of Ricciardo’s departure from McLaren led to a backlash on social Media, particularly amongst Australian followers.

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Asked if he had a message for them he mentioned: “Well, I’m not going to inform them not to assist me! People will really feel, I assume, emotional in the direction of the choice. But it is Business.

“As I mentioned, Mark’s looking for Oscar, he is received a job to do for him.

“So that is the place this is. It’s a sport, however Business on the identical time, so you’ve to type of put your self first, if you’ll. And that is that.

“It’s actually not the end result I wished, and once I joined the crew, I had a a lot completely different concept of how it might go. But it is the truth of the scenario.

“And obviously, that’s where Zak [Brown] and the team felt like it was going, so that was that. Happy to have the support, but I don’t want to condone any negative feelings towards others.”

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