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Daniel Ricciardo told Oscar Piastri will replace him at McLaren - source

McLaren has told Daniel Ricciardo it intends to replace him with Formula 2 champion Oscar Piastri next season, a source close to the Australian driver has confirmed to ESPN. ESPN understands Ricciardo was informed of the decision by team boss Andreas Seidl after the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday evening and is now in discussions with the team over a financial settlement to leave his contract a year earlier than its 2023 expiration date.
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F1 LIVE: McLaren ‘tell Daniel Ricciardo that they intend to replace him with Oscar Piastri in 2023’

McLaren have reportedly told Daniel Ricciardo that they intend to replace him with Oscar Piastri next year.Piastri, a reserve driver at Alpine, dramatically rejected Alpine’s announcement on Tuesday for him to replace Fernando Alonso next season, insisting he has not signed a contract and will not be driving for Alpine next year.That has led to speculation he has a move lined up elsewhere and Autosport are now reporting that Piastri has been signed up on a reserve driver deal initially for 2023, but will be updgraded to a race seat once Ricciardo’s early exit is agreed.McLaren need to agree a settlement to end Ricciardo’s deal a year early, with the Australian a contender to go to Alpine where he was in 2019 and 2020 at the formerly named Renault.Ricciardo does not want to move into McLaren’s Formula E team next year and wants to stay in Formula 1, while McLaren are confident they are legally assured of Piastri despite Alpine’s announcement that they have a contract with the 21-year-old for next year.
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Oscar Piastri says he will not be driving for Alpine next season, just hours after the Formula One team announced he would be replacing Fernando Alonso.Piastri, the Formula 2 champion, said Alpine’s announcement earlier in the day that he would take their vacant 2023 seat had been made without his agreement. Alpine’s press release did not contain quotes from the 21-year-old, sparking uncertainty at whether Piastri was even aware of the team’s decision. And in an embarrassing turn of events for Alpine, just hours after their statement Piastri reacted to the news by denying that he had signed a...
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