Daniel Ricciardo’s Formula 1 career may have just six races left, with the Australian currently without a seat for 2023 following his incoming McLaren departure.
Despite being contracted with the Woking-based team for 2023, the pair decided to part ways at the end of the current season after what has been an unsuccessful partnership.
Since joining the British side in 2021, Ricciardo has achieved 17 points finishes from 38 races, with the highlight being his magical victory at the 2021 Italian Grand Prix.
The Australian’s form since signing for the team is woeful compared to his team-mate, with Lando Norris having claimed 32 points finishes since the start of last season.
McLaren are, of course, replacing the Aussie with a fellow Australian, 2021 F2 World Champion Oscar Piastri.
Ricciardo is currently deciding on what to do next season, with the 33-year-old unsure whether to take a one-year hiatus or to pursue a possible seat at Haas.
The Americans have spoken to the McLaren driver; however, they are unwilling to discuss a potential move until Ricciardo decides on if he wants to race next year or not.
Should he take a year out, then the Trackhouse Racing Project 91 NASCAR team has shown interest in fielding the Australian next year.
With so much to be decided by the much-loved driver, McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl has revealed that he’s “absolutely convinced” Ricciardo can re-find his form elsewhere.
“I’m absolutely convinced that is possible because I’ve seen that in the past myself. I experienced it with other drivers and we have seen that in the past with other drivers,” Seidl commented.
“In the end, we have to accept on both sides that despite all the effort we have put in, the commitment, despite all we have tried on our side, despite everything he has tried on his side, we didn’t manage to do it together.
“And in the end, that is a shared responsibility between Daniel and us. As I said, I fully take my responsibility in this as well.
“But that doesn’t change the respect I have and we all have for Daniel as a person, but also as a as a racing driver. And you have to accept sometimes it just doesn’t work out.
“Unfortunately, that happened between us and Daniel. I hope that at his next adventure that he’s starting, that he makes it click again and it works.”