Daniel Ricciardo offered US racing opportunity for 2023

Daniel Ricciardo will leave McLaren at the end of the 2022 season.

McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo has reportedly been contacted by Trackhouse NASCAR team owner, Justin Marks.

The 33-year-old signed with McLaren at the start of last year to partner Lando Norris, but his move from Renault has not cultivated the success he would have hoped for.

Ricciardo has been out-performed by young team-mate, who has shown a better adaptability to a difficult McLaren car.

The Australian won the Italian Grand Prix last season in a famous win for the Woking-based side, but that still constitutes his only podium in papaya, while Norris has managed five in the same period.

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One of those five came in the fourth round of this season, and Ricciardo has been struggling for form in 2022, particularly in the early going.

Eventually, difficult decisions had to be made, and it was mutually agreed that the Perth-both driver’s contract will end a year early.

He will depart at the end of the 2022 season, and Alpine reserve driver, Oscar Piastri, will take over going forward.

There is still a seat available at Ricciardo’s former Alpine team, but they do not seem to have given up on trying to pry Pierre Gasly from the hands of AlphaTauri.

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Yuki Tsunoda has recently extended his deal with the Red Bull junior side, so there would only be a seat at another of Ricciardo’s former employers if Gasly does leave for the Enstone-based team.

The news that Zhou Guanyu will be staying on at Alfa Romeo next year now leaves just two further options available, at Haas and Williams.

The eight-time race winner has recently divulged that stepping away from the pinnacle of motorsport is a possibility.

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The Herald Sun in Australia have reported that Marks, who signed Kimi Raikkonen to his team for a Cup Series race at Watkins Glen this year, is now interested in forming a partnership with Ricciardo.

The Finn was wiped out of the Go Bowling at The Glen race having been running in the top 10 at one stage, in what was a fine effort from the 2007 world champion.

Ricciardo has been in F1 since the British Grand Prix of 2011, where he made his debut with HRT.