Daniel Ricciardo continues his Formula 1 career with the British tradition team McLaren. The 30-year-old driver has signed a multi-year contract with the racing stable from Woking, where he will start working from 2021.
The broken contract negotiations between Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel got the ball rolling in the F1 drivers market this week. The German four-time world champion announced after leaving the Scuderia after a six-year contract. Ricciardo was initially among the favorites for the seat in Maranello, but that team preferred Carlos Sainz. The Spaniard is expected to be announced at Ferrari very soon.
In the hunt for another competitive seat, Ricciardo ended up in Woking. Love is completely mutual, McLaren CEO Zak Brown is also very pleased that he has brought the cheerful Australian to his team. "Capturing Daniel is another step in our long-term plans. It also adds an interesting and new dimension to our team. That's good news for the team, the partners and of course the fans."
Team boss Andreas Seidl is also very happy with the new addition. "Daniel has proven that he can win races. His experience, commitment and energy will be a valuable addition to McLaren and it will help us in our mission to get back to the front of the field. With Daniel and Lando as teammates, our team is interesting for the fans and we can continue to grow. "
With McLaren, Ricciardo has a good chance to move towards the top of Formula 1 based on the past season. Where Renault was a bit disappointing, McLaren focused with the Renault engines to a fixed value in the sub-top. In 2019, the team finished in fourth place in the constructors' championship. By 2021, the team has secured Mercedes engines, which is expected to further strengthen the team's position. For Ricciardo, it is the first time since the start of the hybrid era in 2014 that he will drive with a different power source than the Renault.
Sainz is thanked for services rendered
As said, the arrival of Ricciardo is related to the departure of Sainz to Ferrari. The Spaniard cleverly led McLaren to the title of 'best of the rest' last year and is therefore thanked for services rendered. "Carlos is a true professional, a pleasure to work with and we like to finish this year with him. We wish him the best of luck in the next chapter of his career when he leaves McLaren," said Seidl in the press release. know. Brown is also pleased with the work of the dropping Madrileen. "I want to thank Carlos for the great work he has done, he has been a great help to McLaren in the recovery. He is a real team player and I wish him all the best for the rest of his career."