Daniel Ricciardo who is currently doing his trade for the McLaren F1 team has been the center of attention in recent times regarding his 2023 seat and former F1 driver, Ralf Schumacher believes that the Australian will struggle to get a seat in F1 if Oscar Pisatri signs for McLaren.
Like Ricciardo, the young Alpine reserve driver Oscar Piastri has also been in the news, and it is a common belief that the 21-year-old already has an option in place with the papaya-colored team for next year.
Daniel Ricciardo joined McLaren in 2021 with the hope of challenging at the front end of the grid, however, things haven’t panned out the way the 33-year-old wanted, moreover, after a disappointing 2022 season, it is becoming more and more evident that he is going to be shown the exit door at the end of the current campaign.
Alpine is one team that has popped up into the discussion regarding Daniel Ricciardo as he used to race for them before making the switch to McLaren.
A seat is available on the French team after the departure of Fernando Alonso but Ralf Schumacher believes, that 2022 could potentially be Ricciardo’s last season in F1.
Ralf Schumacher does not think Alpine is going to consider Daniel Ricciardo for 2023
Schumacher while stressing over the Daniel Ricciardo saga has said, “The names are there, with every cockpit, Mick [Schumacher, Ralf’s nephew] has also not yet signed a contract. “
“Therefore, he would be a candidate. A candidate with speed, as you have seen.”
“Nico Hulkenberg is also still in the starting blocks. And then there is the question of Daniel Ricciardo.”
“Personally, I can’t imagine that he would get another chance in Formula 1. But I don’t know who Alpine should take at the moment.”
Moreover, Ralf Schumacher is not happy with Alpine for the way they have treated Oscar Piastri and does not blame the 21-year-old for looking at an F1 seat elsewhere.
“One thing was clear: Alpine had no interest at the beginning of putting Piastri in the car next year because you have seen that young drivers need a certain amount of time [until they arrive in Formula 1].”
“They wanted to accommodate him somewhere else for one to two years. There was an option on the part of Alpine to [sign him for 2023], but this was not pulled because Fernando Alonso was not expected to leave.”
“If you have such a jewel, it is criminal to let it go. If you are not able to design the contracts correctly yourself, then you cannot blame the young man.”
“One thing must not be forgotten: Piastri’s manager Mark Webber has a very, very close connection to McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl.”
McLaren has got one seat available for the 2023 F1 season and with the future of two drivers hanging in the balance, it is going to be fascinating to see how the Woking-based team is going to go about handling the delicate issue.
Can Daniel Ricciardo secure his F1 future for next season? If yes, who do you think is going to take up the services of the eight-time Grand Prix winner for 2023?