Daniel Ricciardo poised to join Mercedes after secret Singapore meeting

Daniel Ricciardo is currently out of a drive going into next season.

McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo is still keeping his options open for the 2023 season as he continues to try and find a place on the grid.

The Australian signed with McLaren last year, but he has not found the form he was able to produce in his Red Bull and Renault days.

He won the Italian Grand Prix last year, but has struggled to replicate that performance alongside Lando Norris.

He and McLaren both pledged to see out the remainder of his contract earlier this year, but the situation has changed since then, and the 33-year-old will be leaving a year early.

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This puts him out of a drive next year, and time is running out for him to secure another seat on the grid.

The only seats still remaining are at Alpine, Haas and Williams, but his former French side are expected to sign AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly next year.

The Red Bull junior side, another of Ricciardo’s former employers, are thought to have agreed a deal to bring Nyck de Vries in to replace the 26-year-old, so leaving Haas and Williams as the only possibilities in the pinnacle of motorsport.

The Grove-based team are considering their options in lieu of Nicholas Latifi next term, while Haas boss, Guenther Steiner, is still working out whether he wants to keep Mick Schumacher for another season.

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If a full-time race seat does not materialise, a reserve role with Mercedes could also be on the table, and the Express reports that the eight-time race winner was in Mercedes’ hospitality suite during the Singapore Grand Prix weekend.

Ricciardo is still in conversation with a range of people regarding employment next year.

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“My team are talking with, I want to say, pretty much everyone, or they are having conversations, so we are just trying to put it all together and figure out what makes the most sense,” he said, quoted by Planet F1.

“I don’t want to just race to race; I want to race with a true belief or understanding that I could be back on the podium ultimately.”

Ricciardo finished fifth in Singapore on Sunday having started 16th on the grid.