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Haas contacts Daniel Ricciardo for his availability in 2023 – reports

Daniel Ricciardo Haas, Six Sports

Reports suggest that Haas has contacted Daniel Ricciardo for his availability in 2023 for Haas line-up.

Daniel Ricciardo received a message from Haas team principal Guenther Steiner at the 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix for a possible seat at Haas for 2023.

Ricciardo is going to leave McLaren, it is official now. The 33-year-old driver has multiple teams where he can go. The Australian is yet to announce his next move.

Haas is also one of the options for Daniel Ricciardo.

As Haas has not confirmed Mick Schumacher for 2023, his future remains uncertain. It seems that Haas has one vacant seat beside Kevin Magnussen.

Moreover, Haas would definitely like an experienced driver like Ricciardo in its line-up for next season.

Ricciardo had a contract with Mclaren until the end of 2023. However, Ricciardo was persuaded to move out, reportedly for Oscar Piastri.

Ricciardo’s hefty price tag

Reports indicate, that offering a pay-off to Ricciardo and signing Piastri was cheaper than keeping the Australian for the next season.

A possible return to old team Alpine could also be an option for Ricciardo. Alpine is still a strong team in midfield. Its pace is comparable to McLaren and is in the fight for P4 with McLaren since the start of this season.

Coming to the price tag – Ricciardo is currently paid £12.2m by McLaren this season. He is reportedly the fifth highest-paid driver on the grid this season.

On the other hand, Mick Schumacher is paid a little less than £1m this season. This means it might be difficult for the American outfit to sign Ricciardo and accommodate the hefty price tag that comes with it. Haas has always suffered budget-related issues ever since 2019.

As far as Mick Schumacher is concerned, the son of a seven-time world champion has faced repetitive criticism from Haas Team Principal Steiner. While a possible link with Alpine for 2023 has indeed surfaced, it is highly unlikely that the French outfit will sign Schumacher.

But again, the 2023 silly season has already given us enough surprises and one more might be waiting for us. So, where would the silly season lead Ricciardo for his next adventure in Formula 1?

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