Daniel Ricciardo suffers ratings nerf on F1 2022

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

McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo has seen his numbers slip on the official Formula 1 game since the confirmation of his departure from the British side.

Ricciardo joined the Woking-based side last season from Renault, but his partnership with Lando Norris has not worked out as he might have hoped.

The Aussie has found himself being consistently out-performed by the 22-year-old, who has managed five podiums, and out-qualified Ricciardo 29 times in 38 races.

The 33-year-old did manage a victory at the Italian Grand Prix last year, the team’s first since 2012, but that, sadly, has been one of precious few days for Ricciardo to savour in McLaren colours.

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Part of the problem has been a lack of adaptability to the car – something Norris has proven more adept at – and the Woking-based outfit have been trying to work with the former Red Bull driver to improve his form.

However, the two parties have been unable to extract the full potential of their relationship, and the eight-time race winner will depart at the end of the current campaign.

When the official F1 22 game was released, Ricciardo was given a rating of 83, and that number is determined by a range of factors.

Those consist of experience, race craft, awareness and pace, and Ricciardo was given ratings of 82, 88, 93 and 80 in those parameters, respectively.

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Since the eight-time race winner’s departure was confirmed, he has not been able to score points, ending 15th and 17th at Spa and Zandvoort respectively, before being cruelly denied a top 10 finish in Monza by a reliability failure last time out.

Ricciardo’s experience and pace have both increased by one, but his race craft has gone down by four, while his awareness has dropped to 84.

The Perth-born racer will be replaced next year by Oscar Piastri, who will join from Alpine.