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Daniel Ricciardo’s ambitions for a 2023 seat take a hit as the Haas chief downplays rumors

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Ricciardo, an eight-time race winner, is in danger of not having a seat in F1 for the 2023 season after he was sacked by McLaren.

Daniel Ricciardo‘s hopes of making it to the 2023 grid received another blow as Guenther Steiner dismissed the rumors that Haas might sign the Australian for the upcoming season.

McLaren has terminated the 33-year-old’s contract, a year earlier than expected. His struggles to get to grips with the MCL36 have led to McLaren in changing their driver plans.

Ricciardo’s fellow compatriot and last year’s F2 champion, Oscar Piastri will be partnering with Lando Norris at the Woking-based team in 2023. As a result, Ricciardo is left with the difficult task of finding a driver with limited seats available on the grid.

Haas has one of the few seats left open for next year. Kevin Magnussen’s place with the team is secured but Mick Schumacher is at risk of being dropped by the team after just two seasons in the sport that is associated with his father’s accolades and achievements.

Although, the German may yet have his contract extended but Haas has made it clear they are weighing their options.

Steiner explained in a Speed Week interview that the 23-year-old “produced very good races,” but the German “lacks the consistency to perform well.”

Haas looking for options

Haas is reportedly considering Nico Hulkenberg as a legitimate candidate despite not being on the grid since 2019. Hulkenberg then worked as a reserve driver for Aston Martin, who has just confirmed that F2 champion, Felipe Drugovich will take over that position from the next season.

In response to that idea, Steiner mentioned Ricciardo and acknowledged that the team would prefer Magnussen to have an experienced teammate.

 “I’ve talked to most of the potential drivers, which is my job,”

“There’s nothing concrete yet, but we only want to take the smallest risks for the development of the team. You can take a big risk which is great when it works, but it’s bad when it doesn’t.

“There are none of those [experienced and technical drivers] who are currently on the market. Except maybe Daniel [Ricciardo], but his form isn’t great at the moment and we don’t know what he’s going to do. Maybe he’ll sit out a year. As I said, I talk to everyone.”

Haas has a large pool of drivers from which it can pick and choose, but Ricciardo will be hoping it’s him. Because if not this may mean early curtains to his career.

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