Daniel Ricciardo has delivered a defiant message as whispers of his sacking proceed to swirl, declaring “I nonetheless imagine I belong” in Method 1.
The 33-year-old has spoken out as McLaren reportedly will get set to axe him in favour of fellow Australian Oscar Piastri.
Alpine introduced Piastri as Fernando Alonso’s substitute, just for the 21-year-old to disclaim the assertion in a unprecedented social media publish.
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It now seems probably that Piastri will exchange Ricciardo at McLaren and Ricciardo will return to Alpine, for whom he drove when the workforce was known as Renault.
That is regardless of the actual fact Ricciardo nonetheless has a 12 months to run on his McLaren contract.
“The reality is, the highs you get are simply so excessive as a result of a lot goes into it,” Ricciardo informed speedcafe.com.
“After all you are taking dangers, prefer to win a race, for instance, you have not gone for a Sunday drive, you’ve got put all of it on the road, the workforce has, you’ve got pushed your physique, mentally and bodily.
“So then the excessive and the reward is fairly superb and fairly spectacular.
“I may most likely preserve going, however there are some things.
“I imagine I nonetheless thrive off it as a result of I nonetheless imagine I belong and might do it.
“That is what actually will get me jacked.
“And the love of it, in addition to understanding that any weekend that might be there, prefer it might be across the nook, you realize.”
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Ricciardo is not prepared to depart McLaren mid-contract with no battle, with Speedcafe claiming he is demanded a $21 million payout.
Regardless of the eye-watering request Ricciardo’s stated to have made, Australia’s final world champion, Alan Jones, wrote in his newest Huge World of Sports activities column that the eight-win star would “definitely” not be at McLaren in 2023.
“There is no approach within the broad world that is going to occur,” Jones wrote.
Ricciardo recalled in his interview with Speedcafe his drought-breaking win ultimately 12 months’s Monza Grand Prix, when he scored his first victory since conquering Monaco with Crimson Bull in 2018.
“Monza final 12 months, that was … you realize, per week earlier than in Zandvoort, nobody was predicting that, not even myself, so even simply the considered a weekend like that might be one week away, it is fairly cool,” Ricciardo stated.
Ricciardo is sitting in twelfth on the planet championship standings on the summer season break, having registered 19 factors.
McLaren teammate Lando Norris, 22, is positioned seventh, having tallied 76 factors.
The season will resume on the Belgium Grand Prix this weekend.
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