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McLaren “very confident” about Ricciardo replacement

Zak Brown and Daniel Ricciardo in 2021. Credits: @desacelerandof1 (Twitter).

McLaren CEO Zak Brown stated that they are “very confident” about their future plans following Daniel Ricciardo’s departure.

After McLaren’s announcement regarding Ricciardo’s exit at the end of the 2022 season, a vacant seat appeared at the Woking-based outfit.

Oscar Piastri is considered to be the favorite for the seat as he has reportedly reached an agreement with McLaren. Furthermore, the Australian denied that he will join Alpine in 2023. However, Alpine claim that Piastri is obliged to drive for them next year.

Though there has not been any official information on Piastri’s future, McLaren feel confident about their plans.

“We are obviously very confident in our future which we will announce in due course,” Brown commented on the matter.

“We want to go to racing this weekend and the balance of the year, so we felt it was important to make the announcement today.

“It’s a very amicable and friendly relationship with Daniel, obviously disappointing to come to an end in this manner, but we reflect back on things like Monza [Ricciardo’s victory in Italy in 2021] which is my personal most exciting moment in my entire time here at McLaren, being on the podium with Daniel and Lando [Norris].

“So yes, disappointing outcome, but we are excited for the balance of the year as is Daniel, and we will be announcing our future in due course.”

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