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Ricciardo sucks, should've never left Renault.

Good onya Piastri for getting that seat.
 

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I find it a strange move from McLaren. Dan has underperformed for sure but are they really going to pay one of the higher paid drivers on the grid to sit out a season? All to bring in a rookie to drive around a genuine midfield car. I don’t see the upside for them, unless they are banking on another team giving Dan a drive and getting them out of the mess.
 

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I find it a strange move from McLaren. Dan has underperformed for sure but are they really going to pay one of the higher paid drivers on the grid to sit out a season? All to bring in a rookie to drive around a genuine midfield car. I don’t see the upside for them, unless they are banking on another team giving Dan a drive and getting them out of the mess.
It's not about 2023 or 2024.
Current performance aside, credit where credits due.. Mclaren have poached an elite up and coming talent.

Now they have a driver pairing that can go for 6-8 years even.

Now they just need to sort the car out
 

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It's not about 2023 or 2024.
Current performance aside, credit where credits due.. Mclaren have poached an elite up and coming talent.

Now they have a driver pairing that can go for 6-8 years even.

Now they just need to sort the car out
Mercedes will have their eye on both for a possible Lewis replacement
 

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Mercedes will have their eye on both for a possible Lewis replacement
Norris is on a long term deal as far as I knew.
And piastris now signed up for 2 or 3 if media is to be believed.

Hamilton gone end of next year I don't think either are available.

Unless Norris has an exit clauses if a top team comes knocking.
 

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Norris is on a long term deal as far as I knew.
And piastris now signed up for 2 or 3 if media is to be believed.

Hamilton gone end of next year I don't think either are available.

Unless Norris has an exit clauses if a top team comes knocking.
Ricciardo is also signed up for next year
I am not putting much faith in any F1 contract anymore.
 

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Oscar-Webber camp didn't want to spend a year at Williams which was Alpine's proposal when they thought they still had Alonso.
Yeah, I know. But the fact that they signed up with McLaren must mean that they didn't know what Alonso was planning, else why not just stay with Alpine?

The way this has played out, Oscar is going to come out smelling bad. It looks disloyal and somewhat petulant when you consider that McL is at best a sideways move from Alpine and at worst a backwards step if Alpine continue to out-perform McL.

The British pundits are already whacking Piastri over this (not that I agree with them):



Don't you love the way he doesn't even acknowledge that at the time Oscar signed this supposed deal with McL that his only other option was Williams, and in that light, McL looks the better choice?
 

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May as well just swap now, is that allowed? Even if Ric just getting used to it as the reserve so he's good to go next season.

Got a feeling Dan's love of the US could see him go there though. Wonder what clauses there are and if they still have to pay him the full 23 amount if he was racing outside of F1.
 

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i would imagine as soon as zak brown uttered the word mechanisms concerning dan's contract mclaren had piastri in the car for next season.
 

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Got a feeling Dan's love of the US could see him go there though. Wonder what clauses there are and if they still have to pay him the full 23 amount if he was racing outside of F1.

If he agrees to end the contract this year they have to pay him pretty much the full amount anyway apparently.
 

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I think he'll go to Alpine and McLaren will facilitate the move. They'll have to pay a decent percentage of his salary because there's no way Alpine are going to pay him his contracted 2023 amount.
 

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May as well just swap now, is that allowed? Even if Ric just getting used to it as the reserve so he's good to go next season.

Got a feeling Dan's love of the US could see him go there though. Wonder what clauses there are and if they still have to pay him the full 23 amount if he was racing outside of F1.

I'd love to see Dan in Indycar or Nascar.... would be so good!
 

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i would imagine as soon as zak brown uttered the word mechanisms concerning dan's contract mclaren had piastri in the car for next season.

I've started to think about this too. When it was implied that McLaren had a get out clause you wonder if perhaps that was true and their press team told him to back track on it out of good will/image.

I'd like to think then that this has all been orchestrated with the knowledge that Dan would be looked after in whatever way suited him (if that means going to Alpine and he's happy, if that means driving in some other formula that he was wanting to (Indy, for example, our bowing out of racing altogether.)

He probably knew about it all along and just decided to throw out the things he said about staying put and contracts and what not just to poke the bear.
 

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I've started to think about this too. When it was implied that McLaren had a get out clause you wonder if perhaps that was true and their press team told him to back track on it out of good will/image.

I'd like to think then that this has all been orchestrated with the knowledge that Dan would be looked after in whatever way suited him (if that means going to Alpine and he's happy, if that means driving in some other formula that he was wanting to (Indy, for example, our bowing out of racing altogether.)

He probably knew about it all along and just decided to throw out the things he said about staying put and contracts and what not just to poke the bear.

When you're contracted for $15M+ year damn right you say you're staying put and committed to the cause :D
 

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Crazy!

I feel for Daniel. Sure his performance has been somewhat questionable but he is still ahead of quite a few.

As an unabashed Aussie fan I just hope he had a seat next year. I think he deserves it.
I don't think he deserves a seat next year.
Its between Ricciardo and Latifi for worst driver of the season.
I don't think the McLaren car is that bad given what Norris has produced. Both in qualifying and on race day.
It is just Ricciardo is miles off the pace.

He only has himself to blame if he doesn't have a seat next season.
 

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I've started to think about this too. When it was implied that McLaren had a get out clause you wonder if perhaps that was true and their press team told him to back track on it out of good will/image.

I'd like to think then that this has all been orchestrated with the knowledge that Dan would be looked after in whatever way suited him (if that means going to Alpine and he's happy, if that means driving in some other formula that he was wanting to (Indy, for example, our bowing out of racing altogether.)

He probably knew about it all along and just decided to throw out the things he said about staying put and contracts and what not just to poke the bear.
Except no one knew alpine had a seat
 

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Lando & Oscar next year is so bloody juicy - man McLaren please give them a good ******* car! If they do we could actually have a good battle for 3rd. But I think 2024 is what they’re aiming for with the new facilities and wind tunnel up and running - an experienced Lando, Oscar with a couple of years under his belt. It’s a good move sorting out their drivers long term. Now fix the car.

Ric to Alpine would be bloody brilliant too, would absolutely love him to find it again and beat Lando next year as a * you to McLaren and their s**t car.

Gonna be an awkward end to 22 for a lot of people though 😂 hopefully Alpine sack a whole bunch of *******s, this cock up was inexcusable. I want to like them but geez they’re just so ******ed.
 

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Its between Ricciardo and Latifi for worst driver of the season.

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