Daniel Ricciardo reacts to unseen footage of McLaren discussing firing him

Season 5 of Netflix’s Drive to Survive will cover Daniel Ricciardo’s departure from McLaren.

The Netflix series ‘Drive to Survive’ will return to screens for a fifth season on February 24, with the 2022 season being shown in a whole new level of depth.

Season 4 of the series covered the tension between Valtteri Bottas and George Russell, as both drivers came to blows while trying to secure a seat at Mercedes for the following season.

The upcoming season will cover a similar story with Daniel Riccardo, who gave everything to make his relationship with McLaren a successful one before the team decided to terminate his contract early and replace him with Oscar Piastri.

In the trailer released earlier this week, a short clip is shown of McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown speaking to other members of McLaren staff, telling them that they need to begin to think about making a change, supposedly about Ricciardo’s seat with the team.

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Netflix have now also revealed the titles for each episode in season 5, with one of them featuring a thumbnail of Ricciardo with the title being ‘Nice Guys Finish Last’.

This title comes as a brutal blow to Ricciardo because while he is one of the most loved F1 drivers of all time by people in and out of the paddock, he simply could not perform to the required standard during his two seasons with McLaren.

Thankfully the jovial Australian has seen the funny side of the episode title, with Ricciardo commenting on the title announcement post to say, “At least I’m a good bloke,” with a smiling emoji.

Following his release from McLaren, Ricciardo has returned to Red Bull to serve as the team’s third driver, taking part in simulator work and promotional activities for the team.

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While some ‘Drive to Survive’ views may think that season 5 will be the last time that they see the 33-year-old on their screens, Ricciardo has explained that his return to Red Bull is all part of his plan to return to the grid in 2024.

“I’m definitely keen to have a crack, just to stay kind of race fit if you will, so the body doesn’t go into complete shock when it hits five Gs,” he said.

It is currently unclear where the Australian sees his future, but with twists and turns awfully common in F1, it would be pointless to guess where Ricciardo will end up in 2024 and beyond.