McLaren Sign Daniel Ricciardo as Carlos Sainz Replacement for 2021 Season - Newslibre

McLaren Sign Daniel Ricciardo as Carlos Sainz Replacement for 2021 Season

Daniel Ricciardo has signed with McLaren as their driver for the 2021 season thus replacing Carlos Sainz who is believed to be on the way to replace Sebastian Vettel who on Tuesday parted ways with Ferrari.

The driver market continues to shake up but the biggest drivers with contracts continue to make the news. It was public knowledge that Daniel Ricciardo’s contract with French team Renault was ending in 2020 and the Australian driver was looking to leave the team.

McLaren Sign Daniel Ricciardo as Carlos Sainz Replacement for 2021 Season - Newslibre
Daniel Ricciardo has made a partnership with Estaban Ocon for the 2020 campaign. (Image Credit: bleacher report)

Daniel Ricciardo joins McLaren to replace Carlos Sainz

McLaren today confirmed that Carlos Sainz is leaving the Woking team, with Ferrari expected to announce the Spaniard as Vettel’s replacement later today, and following that switch McLaren have moved swiftly to slot Ricciardo into the seat Sainz is vacating.

The Australian is currently part-way through a two year deal with Renault after he left Red Bull at the end of 2018 to join the French manufacturer, but has now clearly decided McLaren are a better bet for his future, especially with Mercedes engines from next year.

McLaren have also confirmed that current driver Lando Norris will remain with the team in 2021, partnering Ricciardo.

McLaren Sign Daniel Ricciardo as Carlos Sainz Replacement for 2021 Season - Newslibre
Could Carlos Sainz and Daniel Ricciardo have swapped seats or it will be the case for Sainz to join Ferrari? (Image Credit: motorsports)

McLaren boss Zak Brown has overseen a major reorganisation since taking over from former chief Ron Dennis, bringing in Andreas Seidl as team principal and James Key as Technical Director as they look to fight their way back to the front of the grid. Landing a highly-rated race winning driver in Ricciardo is another coup for Brown.

He said: “Signing Daniel is another step forward in our long-term plan and will bring an exciting new dimension to the team, alongside Lando. This is good news for our team, partners and of course our fans.

“I also want to pay tribute to Carlos for the excellent job he has been doing for McLaren in helping our performance recovery plan. He is a real team player and we wish him well for his future beyond McLaren.”

With Daniel taking the second seat at McLaren it looks ever more evident that Carlos Sainz will be joining Ferrari but we also have to remember that there are more teams with drivers running out of contract. And with Ricciardo taking that seat, is Ferrari only left with Renault as the viable option?
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