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Official: Ricciardo signs for McLaren

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14/05/2020

McLaren Racing announced today that it has signed Daniel Ricciardo to a multi-year agreement to race for the team in the Formula One World Championship from 2021.

Ricciardo will join Lando Norris, 20, who will start his third season at McLaren in 2021. Carlos Sainz will leave the team at the end of the 2020 season after two years with McLaren.

"Signing Daniel is another step forward in our long-term plan," said Zak Brown, "and will bring an exciting new dimension to the team, alongside Lando. This is good news for our team, partners and of course our fans.

"I also want to pay tribute to Carlos for the excellent job he has been doing for McLaren in helping our performance recovery plan. He is a real team player and we wish him well for his future beyond McLaren."

"Daniel is a proven race-winner," added Andreas Seidl, "and his experience, commitment and energy will be a valuable addition to McLaren and our mission to return to the front of the field. With Daniel and Lando as teammates, I believe we have two racers who will continue to excite our fans and help the team grow.

"Carlos is a true professional, a pleasure to work with and we will continue to enjoy going racing with him this year. We all wish him good luck for the next stage in his career when he leaves McLaren."

"In our sport, and particularly within the current extraordinary situation, reciprocated confidence, unity and commitment are, more than ever, critical values for a works team," said Renault team boss, Cyril Abiteboul, as the French team confirmed that discussions held with Ricciardo concerning a renewal of his contract had not been successful.

"I am confident that the 2020 season will allow us to accomplish even more together," he added. "Our ambitions and the strategy of Renault DP World F1 Team remain unchanged."

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1. Posted by GordonG47, 15/05/2020 0:36

"McLaren media conferences are going to bring a whole new meaning to "F1 Circus". Can't wait! :)"

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2. Posted by Bill Hopgood, 14/05/2020 18:36

"Ditto @Ted Baker.
Thinking of "follow the money", Ferrari may have had to buy out Sainz, which meant McLaren had the funds to get Ricciardo who may well be now better value than what Renault coughed up.
Regarding Renault, if they stay in F1, I'm expecting either Alonso, or maybe Groshon.
Perhaps Vettel will have one more fling at Red Bull then call it a day, with Albon in reserve.
Then again, retirement may seem the way to go."

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3. Posted by Ted Baker, 14/05/2020 14:38

"Really sad to see Carlos go but he is turning out to be a great driver and will certainly give Leclerc a hard time. Vettel got his head into a bad place and I think he should just now retire gracefully with is family and with the knowledge he won 4 championships. Give another youngster the opportunity.
I think Daniel is a great choice for McLaren and I am sure he will help Lando on to become a fully rounded driver. Daniel will no doubt be given a hard time by Lando, but I hope he can keep the team spirit going as did Carlos. Renault was not right for him as their long term future could be in doubt and McLaren is more of a safer bet with Mercedes engines.....I hope!!! Good luck Daniel!!"

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4. Posted by Burton, 14/05/2020 12:49

"Mclaren the clear winner here. I'm not a Ferrari supporter, but going for a guy who is a proven winner today instead of potential seemed a no-brainer."

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5. Posted by FGP, 14/05/2020 12:43

"Now THAT is the most joyously exciting news for a very long time!!
What a truly sublime fit.
Probably less likely to have happened if Ron were the Boss, but it shows the energetic dynamism propelling the team forward. Can't wait! Might even buy the cap......😁"

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6. Posted by trackrecords, 14/05/2020 12:39

"I think Jezzer there could be a bidding war between McLaren and Racing Point/Aston Martin/Pa Stroll's Billions for Mercedes HPP, but surely why split them off from the team? Sell Mercedes and MHPP as a pair surely otherwise they could get stuck with the team."

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7. Posted by Wokingchap, 14/05/2020 11:54

"I am so pleased for McLaren and Daniel and wish you all the very best.....great news."

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8. Posted by Jezzer, 14/05/2020 10:43

"......oh and I think Perez to Renault and Vettel to Racing Point/Aston Martin 🤷🏽"

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9. Posted by Jezzer, 14/05/2020 10:36

"Good move McLaren. Shame to see Carlos go but Daniel is going to bring a lot to the team. Next big move for McLaren will be to buy the Mercedes engine business when Mercedes pull the plug next year. "

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