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Daniel Ricciardo’s sacking draws parallels with $500,000-a-year driver fired by McLaren on his birthday

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As McLaren set to fire Daniel Ricciardo, fans are pointing out how the team fired Kevin Magnussen via email on his birthday in 2015.

Daniel Ricciardo’s time with McLaren has mostly come to the end of the line. The Australian joined the British racing team in 2021, replacing Ferrari-linked Carlos Sainz.

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9-time winner Ricciardo handed McLaren its first win in almost 10 years at the 2021 Italian Grand Prix. But apart from a few big moments, he struggled at McLaren.

He was outperformed in 2021 and the first half of 2022 by teammate Lando Norris. And in 2022 he has scored points in just 4 of the first 13 races. He is 12th in the drivers standings with 19 points after the 2022 Hungarian GP.

Its poor performance cost the team 4th place in the constructor’s standings. McLaren are ready to let go of Ricciardo a year before his contract expires in 2023.

McLaren will replace the 33-year-old with reigning F2 champion Oscar Piastri. Oscar, an Alpine academy product, rejected driving for the French team in a statement released by the team.

Ricciardo previously issued a statement ahead of the French GP that he would commit to Mclaren. But despite this, McLaren will let the Australian go at the end of the season. He will hear offers from Alpine, who want to recall the Australian.

Ricciardo is most likely to return to Alpine, with whom he raced in 2019 and 2020 when known as Renault. And that shows how McLaren, which seems like a very friendly team, is not always as friendly as you might expect!

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Daniel Ricciardo meets the same fate as Kevin Magnussen

Oscar Piastri will replace Daniel Ricciardo for the 2023 season. McLaren will issue a statement and announce Piastri after Ricciardo finds a new team. And it drew similarities to another former McLaren driver who was let go by the team.

It is none other than current Haas rider Kevin Magnussen. Kevin was a test driver for McLaren and was promoted to the team in 2014 alongside Jenson Button. The Dane’s contract lasted for two years and he only received $500,000.

He made a dazzling debut at the 2014 Australian GP, โ€‹โ€‹securing a podium by finishing 2nd in the race. He became only the second F1 driver after Lewis Hamilton to reach the podium on his F1 debut.

Magnussen finished the season 11th in the standings with 55 points. In 2015, Fernando Alonso took his seat, demoting him to reserve driver status. McLaren also did not allow the Dane to participate in the IndyCar championship.

Magnussen did not receive an explanation. He was dismissed by McLaren on October 5, 2015, at the age of 23. According to an email from Ron Dennis’ personal assistant, Team Principal, the team had no room for him.

Magnussen deserved to be in Formula 1, according to Dennis. When fellow shareholder Mansour Ojjeh expressed a desire to keep Button in the car, he changed his mind about pairing Magnussen with Alonso this season.

The Dane said: โ€œIt was a short paragraph explaining that there would be nothing for me in the future. It arrived on my birthday. Magnussen then joined Renault, with whom he would race in F1 for another season.

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