McLaren quiet about Piastri as Ricciardo leaves

McLaren on Wednesday made no mention of Oscar Piastri as the British team confirmed the termination of Daniel Ricciardo’s contract for 2023. It is believed clearing the way for Alpine defector and reigning Formula 2 champion Piastri is costing McLaren at least $12 million in Ricciardo’s severance fee. Team CEO Zak Brown, however, was not ready to talk about Piastri. “I will not take part in any speculation,” team boss Andreas Seidl added when also asked about Australian Piastri, 21. “Lando is definitely a superstar in our sport,” Brown said. Seidl revealed that he and Ricciardo have “spoken” about a move over to McLaren’s Indycar team, but the Australian’s “real desire” is to “stay in F1”.

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