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Ricciardo switches from Renault to McLaren

  • Published on 14 May 2020 10:58
  • comments 8
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Daniel Ricciardo will leave Renault at the end of the year and join McLaren for the 2021 season.

The Australian takes the place of Carlos Sainz, who is expected to join Ferrari next year following the announcement that Sebastian Vettel will not sign a new deal with the Italian squad.

Ricciardo was rumoured to be in the running for the Ferrari seat, however the unfolding situation has led him to join McLaren, who ended the 2019 season fourth in the constructors' championship. 

McLaren CEO Zak Brown said: “Signing Daniel is another step forward in our long-term plan and will bring an exciting new dimension to the team, alongside Lando. This is good news for our team, partners and of course our fans.

“I also want to pay tribute to Carlos for the excellent job he has been doing for McLaren in helping our performance recovery plan. He is a real team player and we wish him well for his future beyond McLaren.”

Ricciardo linked up with Renault in 2019 after spending five years at Red Bull, where he achieved seven race wins and 29 podiums. 

In 2019, McLaren secured its first podium finish since the opening round of the 2014 season as it aims to build itself back towards the front of the grid following a handful of difficult years.

Ricciardo will partner Lando Norris at the team, who made his F1 debut last year, taking a best result of sixth place in Bahrain and Austria. 

McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl added: “Daniel is a proven race-winner and his experience, commitment and energy will be a valuable addition to McLaren and our mission to return to the front of the field.

“With Daniel and Lando as teammates, I believe we have two racers who will continue to excite our fans and help the team grow.

“Carlos is a true professional, a pleasure to work with and we will continue to enjoy going racing with him this year. We all wish him good luck for the next stage in his career when he leaves McLaren.”

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  • JuJuHound

    Posts: 352

    Great deal for McLaren, a fortune move for Daniel since Renault was a distaster...

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    • May 14 2020 - 11:05
  • JuJuHound

    Posts: 352

    Carlos goes to Ferrari, the last time McLaren-Ferrari move happened when Raikkonen joined Scuderia to win championship :)

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    • May 14 2020 - 11:28
  • Kinda surprised that McLaren were in the mix, but happy for Ricciardo. Seems Abiteboul had already grown tired of his new toy.

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    • May 14 2020 - 12:23
    • Manto02

      Posts: 93

      He had the teammate crasher ocon, why would he want ricciardo

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      • May 14 2020 - 12:29
  • Kean

    Posts: 692

    I rate Ricciardo higher than Sainz, and I rate McLaren higher than Renault. So a good deal for McLaren and a good deal for Ricciardo. I'm kinda hoping Alonso joins Renault, really he deserves a better car than I believe Renault can deliver, but it should be entertaining to see Alonso, since he's the best ever to get the most out of a sub-par package.

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    • May 14 2020 - 12:42
    • Same here. Huge score for Mclaren. Great score for Sainz too. I worry about him since Ferrari sinks a lot of careers, but he has a great opportunity. Now if Renault get Alonso it would be amazing. We'd have very exciting lineups across multiple teams. I also expect Ocon will be treated as a child if he's racing against Alonso. No crashing into teammate like with Perez where he felt equal.

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      • May 14 2020 - 21:25
  • Snooky

    Posts: 121

    Logical and best move for all concerned. Ferrari didn’t seem like the right seat with Leclerc as a team mate for someone of his experience in F1, Sainz not being a proven winner provided more inter team security for Ferrari. Ricciardo is the driver McLaren need on and off the track

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    • May 14 2020 - 13:40
  • Its probably an investment for Mclaren for 2022 and beyond. RIC might have atmost 4 seasons left in him. Hope this counts.

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    • May 15 2020 - 04:11

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