The two-week break in the Formula 1 after the Austrian Grand Prix has been used by the teams and drivers to consider the s
The two-week break in the Formula 1 after the Austrian Grand Prix has been used by the teams and drivers to consider the situation facing the second part of the season and its future in 2023.
One of the biggest seat change rumors in the category revolves around Daniel Ricciardo. The Australian is having a disappointing year, being vastly outclassed by his McLaren teammate, lando norrisand the followers begin to question if you still have what it takes to fight at the top.
Ricciardo has not hidden his annoyance during his second season with the British team, in which he hoped to fight for podiums again. His victory at the 2021 Italian GP seems to be just an oasis in a year and a half of poor results.
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Charles Leclerc gets his third win of the F1 season at the Austrian Grand Prix
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But the 33-year-old Australian He is under contract with McLaren until 2023 and team CEO Zak Brown is still confident in his ability. “We are going to try to do everything necessary for him, because we know what can make us win races,” he said. “But what we ask of him is clear: that he be at the level of Lando, either slightly ahead or behind.”
Brown’s warning to Ricciardo may also get a second reading. According to British media, the athlete could be considering his retirement from F1 at the end of this year, early termination of your contract.
The career of “Danny Ric” is going downhill. After achieving two third places in the 2014 and 2016 seasons with Red Bull (six victories included), the oceanic went to Renault – where he barely obtained two podiums in two years of contract – and then in 2021 to McLaren.
McLaren’s options: Albon, Herta, Piastri and… Vettel?
Four names are on the Woking team table if Ricciardo decides to retire this year, notes the BBC. The first is alexalbon, driver who is under contract to Red Bull but is driving this season for Williams.
In their favor they play good results he has obtained with one of the worst cars on the grid, in addition to combining experience with youth (26 years). However, the disappointing experience that he had when he was a Red Bull driver is a point to consider for Brown and Andreas Seidl.
Colton Hertha He is another driver that McLaren likes. The 22-year-old American he is the youngest winner of Indy Racing and is testing with the Formula 1 car of the orange team, just like the Mexican did last year Patrick O’Ward, also from the North American category.
Oscar Piastri He is another driver who could join the historic team. He is one of the most promising pilots of the moment and has won F3 in 2020 and F2 in 2021nevertheless, He hasn’t had room on his team, Alpine. The French team is assured of the continuity of Esteban Ocon and still seems to be projected with Fernando Alonso.
A) Yes, McLaren’s fourth card would be Sebastian Vettel. The four times world champion does not have a guaranteed seat for 2023 and has shown to have a better level than his Aston Martin partner, Lance Stroll.
But the German has warned that he might not continue in F1. “The decision is still pending, but I will think about it in the coming weeks”he had told Sport1 on Friday. “I want to fight for points, but also for victories. Otherwise, the fun is lost.”
The Aston Martin has performed less than expected this season and is in penultimate place in the constructors’ championship. Vettel has shown that he has more than his carreaching a best result of sixth place in Azerbaijan, while Stroll only registers tenth places.
And although the photo of “Seb” is on Zak Brown’s desk, The 35-year-old German does not look dressed in orange, for now. “I’m not thinking about that right now. Aston Martin is my first point of contact and the project that I want to carry out”sentenced.