News broke just before the Belgian Grand Prix weekend that, as expected, Ricciardo and McLaren would be ending their relationship a year early and concluding things at the end of this campaign, with it expected – Contract Recognition Board decision pending – that Oscar Piastri will succeed him as Lando Norris’ team-mate.
The speculation of Ricciardo’s next drive for 2023 has already begun, then, with the likes of Alpine and Haas linked with a swoop, but the Aussie has said he will not be rushing his decision, and that he plans to think about it more once the current triple-header is done and dusted.
Speaking over the course of the first leg of said triple-header; the Belgian Grand Prix, Ricciardo reiterated his aim to remain on the F1 grid for ’23 but that that was as far as he had thought about the topic:
“If it’s anything it’s F1 [where he wants to be next year.]
“That’s the only place I see myself racing in the near future. So that’s something I’m sure of at least what I want.
“But I want to see. This weekend’s been a bit of a wave and we’re into a triple-header so I feel like the next three weeks are going to be relentless. Not necessarily on this topic, but just as a schedule.
“So, I want to get these three under my belt and then see how I feel.
“I’m not interested in making any quick decisions or certainly nothing emotional.
“We’ll see how it goes but certainly the objective, if I’m behind a race wheel, is a Formula 1 car for sure.”