Daniel Ricciardo’s life in Formula 1 has been getting complicated since he left the Red Bull team at the end of the 2018 season , except for a few podiums with Renault and an unexpected victory with McLaren at the Italian Grand Prix. 2021, the Australian has not managed to be what he was with those of energy drinks.
From incredible ‘ dive bombs ‘ to overtaking that gave wins, like in that fantastic event in China in 2018, to fighting to get into the points zone very tightly while watching his teammates add comfortably. That is why, after being beaten by Lando Norris by far in their two seasons together, the Woking team decided to terminate his contract, which still had one more year left, to be replaced by his compatriot Oscar Piastri .
The one from Perth, since hearing the news at the Dutch Grand Prix, has tried not to lose hope of getting a seat for 2023, but the ‘silly season’ continued its course without taking it into account, to the point where that Ricciardo himself assured that he would not be in the next campaign, but that he would work for a stronger return.
The winner of eight races in Formula 1, after crossing the finish line in the last appointment at the Circuit of the Americas in 16th place , ten behind his teammate, expressed all the impotence he felt for not showing the talent with which he impressed since 2014 in the Milton Keynes ensemble.
“I don’t know how I’m going to continue… I have no idea what to say. Honestly, my whole 2022 is like this, when I think it can’t get worse, it will,” said the Australian. “At this point I don’t know… I don’t know how I’m going to continue.”
“It’s not the first such a painful situation. The whole year has been like this, I have a huge pace disadvantage, I just can’t trust the car, I can’t get the most out of it,” explained Daniel Ricciardo just after getting off the MCL36.
“It also shows that I am suffering, that my lap times are not consistent, and it is a mystery why I am so far behind Norris. I love Texas and Austin, but I did not enjoy this race at all”, sentenced the one who will stop being a driver. of McLaren when the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix ends at the end of November.
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