#sports activities F1 star Daniel Ricciardo ‘might make switch to Mercedes’ in radical move after McLaren axing
Daniel Ricciardo ‘might make a switch to Mercedes’ in what can be a RADICAL profession move for the undesirable Aussie F1 star
- Former McLaren F1 star Daniel Ricciardo might hyperlink up with Mercedes in 2023
- Would be as a reserve driver, Lewis Hamilton and George Russell the primary males
- Likes of Williams and Haas additionally reportedly eager to chat to the Perth-born driver
- Ricciardo has said he’s ‘open minded’ to all presents, might additionally sit out subsequent yr
F1 powerhouse Mercedes has emerged as a shock possibility for Daniel Ricciardo following his brutal axing from McLaren.
The undesirable Aussie was ousted by compatriot Oscar Piastri regardless of having a season to run on his mammoth $20million-per-year contract – leaving him with out a spot on the grid for 2023.
With choices drying up quick, Ricciardo has been linked to Williams and Haas, whereas it emerged after the Dutch GP final weekend the 33-year-old may additionally take a 12 month sabbatical from the game.
Haas crew precept, cult Drive to Survive determine Guenther Steiner, reportedly approached Ricciardo prior to the mid-season break to gauge his curiosity.
But might a sensational move to Mercedes as a reserve driver be on the playing cards?
F1 powerhouse Mercedes has emerged as a shock 2023 possibility for Daniel Ricciardo following his brutal axing from McLaren
Perth raised Ricciardo was changed at McLaren by compatriot Oscar Piastri (pictured) regardless of having a season to run on his mammoth $20million-per-year contract
Adding to the hypothesis is the Perth raised driver stating he’s ‘open minded’ when it comes to his choices subsequent yr.
With Lewis Hamilton and George Russell the established two lead drivers for Mercedes, if Ricciardo is ready to take a backward seat, the move could swimsuit each events.
The man himself confirmed he’ll discover all his choices.
‘I’m fairly open minded with any situation. I believe there’s execs and cons with all of it,’ Ricciardo mentioned.
‘That’s why I type of need to hear every little thing. Even if it is a reserve, I do not need to be too proud to say I’m too good for that.
‘I simply need to hear every little thing and see what is smart.’
F1 scribe Joe Saward mentioned a move to Mercedes could ‘construct up the boldness’ of Ricciardo.
With Lewis Hamilton (pictured) and George Russell the established two lead drivers for Mercedes, Ricciardo can be a reserve possibility
After a disappointing seventeenth on the Dutch GP final begin, Ricciardo revealed he caught up with younger gun Piastri and his supervisor Mark Webber to clear the air and make positive there are not any lingering tensions.
‘I’ve spoken to Oscar and simply made positive that there is not any dangerous emotions there,’ he mentioned.
‘He’s making an attempt to get into Formula One. This second must be actually large for him.
‘I do not need to make it a nasty state of affairs for him, and that is that. It’s nothing private.
‘So that is all of the dialog was. I actually do want him effectively. I need him to have a superb run in Formula One.’
The F1 season resumes this weekend with the Italian Grand Prix, with protection from 11pm (AEST) on Sunday.
Last September, Ricciardo led McLaren dwelling in a one-two end forward of crew mate Lando Norris in Monza.