Daniel Ricciardo sack rumours ‘getting louder’ after disappointing Monaco GP
Daniel Ricciardo's future at McLaren continues to be under immense scrutiny following poor performances with the team, which continued in Monaco.
The Australian finished 13th in Monte Carlo, following a tumultuous weekend where he crashed in free practice and failed to make it out of the second qualifying session. He started 14th on the grid and finished outside the points once more.
Ricciardo was again out performed by teammate Lando Norris, who finished fifth in Monaco and picked up the fastest lap of the race, putting further pressure upon his experienced counterpart after his team already laid down the gauntlet.
McLaren chief Zach Brown admitted last week that Ricciardo had not lived up to expectations since joining the team in 2021 and, while he is tied down with the team until 2023, he hinted at an end of the relationship before that by making it clear there were options to terminate that relationship.
Now, after further disappointment in Monte Carlo, former F1 driver Ralph Schumacher suggested the team could indeed move on before next season, telling Sky Germany: "The rumours as well as the statements in the team, are getting louder. He’s just too far away from his teammate.
"I’m curious how the future looks for him. It will be quite difficult for him. If it stays the way it is now, I don’t see him at McLaren next year."
2016 Formula One champion Nico Rosberg echoed those views, telling Sky Sports: "It is a tough situation for Daniel with Zak Brown publicly saying he’s not living up to expectations. So it’s very important for Daniel, the next couple of races to do a really good job.
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"This is the difficult thing for Daniel. Lando, he is driving world class level. He is a future world champion. He is driving incredibly well and that’s making it all the more difficult in this situation."
Norris has outperformed Ricciardo in all but two of the seven races so far this season, picking up 48 points compared to the 11 from his teammate, and that has left Ricciardo among those on the grid who find their future under speculation.
Williams' Nicolas Latifi, Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel and Alpine's Fernando Alonso all have question marks orientating around their future beyond 2022.
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