Daniel Ricciardo Extends McLaren Contract Until End of 2026
The Australian had originally been committed to McLaren until the end of 2024, having been lured away from an Alpine reserve role last year with the promise of a race seat. However, after a strong debut season as team-mate to Lando Norris, McLaren announced on Wednesday that the Australian would stay on board for at least an extra two years.
Daniel Ricciardo expressed his excitement about the new deal, stating, “I am thrilled to continue my journey with McLaren. It has been an incredible experience so far, and I believe in the team’s potential for future success.”
Successful Debut Season
Ricciardo’s performance throughout his first year with McLaren has been impressive. He quickly adapted to the team and formed a strong partnership with Norris. His consistent results and valuable contributions have solidified his position within the team.
McLaren Team Principal Andreas Seidl expressed his satisfaction with Ricciardo’s performance and his belief in his ability to contribute to the team’s future success. Seidl stated, “Daniel’s professionalism and skill on and off the track have made a positive impact on the team. We have high expectations for the seasons ahead.”
With Ricciardo’s contract extension, McLaren is confident in their long-term plans. The team sees Ricciardo as an instrumental figure in their pursuit of championship glory. The Australian driver’s experience and race-winning abilities will be crucial in further elevating McLaren’s performance.
Continued Partnership with Norris
The extension of Ricciardo’s contract also means an extended partnership with Lando Norris. The duo has showcased great chemistry and teamwork throughout the previous season, and McLaren is keen to build upon this successful pairing.
Daniel Ricciardo’s contract extension with McLaren until the end of 2026 demonstrates the team’s confidence in his abilities and commitment to achieving success. With the Australian driver behind the wheel, McLaren is poised to make further strides towards becoming a frontrunner in Formula 1.