McLaren ‘will AXE Daniel Ricciardo and recruit fellow Australian Oscar Piastri’ as Zak Brown makes his move to land Formula One’s hottest property after miserable season for former Red Bull star

McLaren will reportedly part ways with Daniel Ricciardo next season and replace him with fellow Australian Oscar Piastri. Ricciardo’s three-year deal with McLaren runs until the end of the 2023 season, but hsi future has been subject of debate for months with the 33-year-old badly struggling for form in his second year with the team. According to Motorsport.com, McLaren have now decided to move on from the former Red Bull star before his contract expires and replace him with Piastri, who is currently Alpine reserve driver. And it now appears the Australian will replace his compatriot at McLaren from next year. According to the report, the 21-year-old has already been signed up by McLaren as a reserve driver from 2023, with the team intending to promote him once a deal for Ricciardo’s exit is agreed. Should Piastri replace him at McLaren, Ricciardo could become the main candidate to fill the vacancy created by Alonso’s departure at Alpine.

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