F1 2022: McLaren boss Zach Brown confirms Daniel Ricciardo’s future with the team after criticism

McLaren boss Zack Brown has confirmed Daniel Ricciardo’s future after his criticism of the Australian rocked the F1 world.

McLaren boss Zack Brown has confirmed that Daniel Ricciardo will finalize his contract with the team and will not be fired early.

Earlier this year, Brown took the F1 world by surprise by announcing Ricciardo’s performances since joining McLaren. “did not meet his or our expectations” and Lando Norris has a clear advantage over his teammates.

The McLaren CEO then put a cat among the doves when he offered Ricciardo a papaya team contract that expires at the end of 2023. was not waterproof and it contained clauses that allowed McLaren to part ways with him if his performances did not improve.

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Since then it has become known Ricciardo can end his contract, but McLaren can’t. But his poor record hasn’t helped dispel rumors that this season could be the 33-year-old’s last in F1.

Ricciardo is 14th overall and has only finished in the top 10 twice this season.

But in an interview with Fox Motorsport host Jessica Yates, Brown denied that McLaren planned to give Ricciardo a snap, suggesting he would remain with the team at least until his contract expires at the end of next season.

Yeats asked, “Will he keep his contract?” to which Brown replied, “Oh yes.”

“We just keep working hard,” he said.

“We love working with him. He loves the team. We saw when we give him a car that can win, he can win in it.

He didn’t feel like he had a good season last year and still won (at Monza). So it’s there. “We just need to figure out how to unlock him, give him a car that makes him more comfortable. We have a great relationship.”

Brown’s criticism of Ricciardo sent the F1 rumor mill into accelerationbut he explained that he was just be honestadding that his comments were no more blunt than how Ricciardo evaluates his performance.

“No, not on the racing team at all,” he said when asked if his words caused a stir in the McLaren garage.

“I know it caused a lot of commotion outside.

“Daniel and I have a great relationship. Shortly after that we had dinner in London, we exchange WhatsApp all the time.

“Someone asked me a question and I gave them an honest answer. This is the same answer that Daniel gave and will give, namely: we are not where we want to be.

“On the other hand, if I said, ‘That’s great,’ people would say, ‘Really, you’re happy with number 12.’ Well, of course I’m not happy with the 12th. It was just an honest answer. It shouldn’t have been critical.

“It doesn’t mean we don’t think he can win more races for us, it doesn’t mean we don’t try our best.

On the contrary, I know that he can win more races for us, we are trying incredibly hard, but given his resume and the way Lando is progressing, do we expect him to be next to Lando, right in front or right behind?

“Yes, and so does he. And we’re going to get there. We are fully committed to this.”

Brown hit former F1 world champion Jenson Button who said he “Surprised” that Brown publicly criticized Ricciardo and did not “defend” his driver..

“I saw one of our former Grand Prix drivers[Jenson Button]say, ‘We all know that, I can’t believe he said that,'” Brown said.

“It was like, ‘Well, if we all know that, what’s so special about me saying that.’

“It wasn’t meant for anyone to ask me a question, I gave them an honest answer.”

The F1 season will continue at the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday at 23:00 (AEST). The only place to watch the action is Fox Sports and Knockout.

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Originally published as ‘Fully committed’: McLaren boss confirms Daniel Ricciardo’s future