RedNEO wrote: ↑
Fri Aug 05, 2022 5:16 pm
SmallSoldier wrote: ↑
Fri Aug 05, 2022 3:11 pm
RedNEO wrote: ↑
Fri Aug 05, 2022 12:19 pm
It would be ironic if after all this Piastri ends up getting Vandoorned by Norris lol
It wouldn’t be much different than what is happening today, with the caveat that Piastri will cost way less than Daniel, not much lost for McLaren if that’s the case.
From my understanding of it(and I could be wrong) I think McLaren is hoping Alpine will want Ricciardo enough to buy him out of his contract so they don’t have to. Currently it looks like they will be paying not only Daniel’s salary but Oscar’s too, for a rookie to drive for them. I think that’s why we haven’t had any team announcements.
That’s a possibility… I honestly don’t know what is in Daniel’s contract… I have no reason to doubt Zak when he said earlier in the year that there are “mechanisms” in place to part ways with Daniel if it came down to it… Nor have I read from anyone in the McLaren camp saying that there is no out for the Team… I’m afraid this is one of those situations when a “journalist” puts something out and simply because it isn’t denied by the Team or the driver and it just gets repeated enough that it becomes a “fact”.
At the end, we don’t know what the contracts say… Apparently everyone’s assumption that there was an option in Oscar’s contract that expired on July 31st wasn’t accurate (there was never an option, or a signed one).
Neither Daniel nor McLaren have made any comments, which tells me that they are working through it and it’s not as simple as McLaren paying him out for 2023.