Daniel Ricciardo drops F1 retirement hint as he opens up on McLaren plan | F1 | sport
Daniel Ricciardo has dropped a huge hint about his potential retirement from Formula 1 as he opens his first year with McLaren and his plan with the team for the near future.
Ricciardo moved from Renault to McLaren ahead of the 2021 season, and despite a rocky start he secured his team’s first win in nine years after claiming victory at the Italian Grand Prix.
Their victory at Monza also proved to be the team’s only double of the season as fellow McLaren Lando Norris finished second, when their newly formed partnership began to show promise.
There is no doubt that the two teammates find themselves for different purposes in their careers.
Norris is one of the freshest faces in Formula 1 and one of the sport’s rising stars, while Ricciardo has more than proven his caliber as he heads into his 11th F1 campaign.
And after heading into the later stages of his career, the 32-year-old admitted he intended to stay with McLaren until his retirement.
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He told Auto Motor und Sport: “The reason why I’m not thinking about another team or beyond my future is that I actually won during the year maybe the hardest of my career.
“So my thinking is, if I win in a year like this, what does that say about the journey ahead?
“I’m definitely excited and want to be here, maybe until the end of my career.”
Ricciardo’s plans to finish with McLaren make it clear the Australian has enjoyed his first campaign with the Woking-based setup in 2021.
And while he knows he’s not driving the fastest car on the circuit, the key aspect of his career is having fun, and he certainly does that being part of the McLaren team.
While the Aussie still sees his immediate future as “part of the McLaren family” and competing on the track, Ricciardo revealed two potential roles he would be open to at the end of his racing career.
He said: “To be honest, I didn’t think about it [other projects] again. But you are right.
“It could actually open a few doors for me after Formula 1, and be another advantage.
“Even as a brand ambassador or as a test driver for road cars. But at the moment I have my hands full with Formula 1.”