2022 line-up (current championship standings): Lando Norris (7), Daniel Ricciardo (12)
2023 drivers under contract: Norris, Ricciardo (maybe), Oscar Piastri (maybe)
What do we know?: Norris signed an extension earlier this year that will keep him at McLaren until at least 2025. Ricciardo has a contract for the 2023 season and has repeatedly said he intends to honor the deal. Still, rumors persist that the two sides are not on the same page and that Ricciardo may be bluffing to force a better buyout.
McLaren is in the midst of the mess at Alpine and may have even caused it. According to ESPN, Piastri has signed a contract with McLaren for 2023 and therefore says he will not race for Alpine. It also means McLaren has three drivers under contract for next season. Motorsport.com reports that McLaren has hired Piastri as reserve driver and has told Ricciardo they plan to replace him with Piastri once his contract is settled.
If a divorce settlement cannot be reached between McLaren and Ricciardo, another option could be to keep him as a backup driver in 2023.
Several other young drivers have been linked to Ricciardo’s seat for 2023 or 2024, including IndyCar drivers Pato O’Ward (already for McLaren), Colton Herta (recent test drive for McLaren) and Alex Palou (signed to join McLaren in 2023) . ).