(Motorsport-Total.com) – Despite the race-free Corona crisis period, Formula 1 is going very quickly. After 'Motorsport-Total.com' on Monday evening Sebastian Vettel's farewell to Ferrari and on Wednesday morning the change from Carlos Sainz to Scuderia exclusively has announced, the next prominent driver transfer is now certain: Daniel Ricciardo changes 2021 from his current employer Renault to McLaren.
On Wednesday, several German-language internet portals agreed that Sebastian Vettel would take over the McLaren cockpit from Sainz. Not least because of his connection to team boss Andreas Seidl, whom he knows and appreciates from Formula 1 times in BMW. But the Vettel-McLaren stories have now turned out to be wrong.
Already on late Monday evening there was evidence that Ricciardo could become Lando Norris' new teammate at McLaren. The Italian journalist Leo Turrini then reported on Wednesday in a radio interview. Later the 'BBC' jumped on the train. The reported, however, that there is still “no final agreement”. That was no longer correct at the time.
According to information from 'Motorsport-Total.com', Ricciardo Renault officially informed on Wednesday morning that he was ending 2020 will not extend the expiring contract. The signature under the McLaren contract is already dry. An official confirmation of the transfer is expected in the course of Thursday.
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At first, McLaren, from 'Motorsport-Total.com' confronted the research, covered . One does not generally comment on contractual matters, it is said on request. The British team did not comment on the immediate departure from Sainz towards Ferrari, according to the account on Wednesday.
Ricciardo's move to McLaren was already certain before it was clear that Sainz would go to Ferrari . Sainz 'McLaren contract basically ends at the end 2020; however, the team would have kept it with the option 2021 can. This is spearheaded by inaccurate reports in the Spanish media, according to which McLaren is said to have offered a raise to keep Sainz until the end.
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Only when McLaren had clarified that the candidate Ricciardo would really sign the contract did the British racing team approve the switch to Sainz Ferrari. The fact that in the meantime it was reported by some that Vettel was McLaren's first choice came to the decision makers in Woking as a media diversion.
For Ricciardo, McLaren is after the disappointing sporting season (World Cup ninth, a fourth place in Monza as the best Individual result) and unpromising winter tests 2020 with the new RS 20 an obvious choice. Not only because the former successful team of greats like Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna or Mika Häkkinen 2021 will drive again with Mercedes engines.
Since team boss Seidl and technical director James Key beginning 2019 took over the helm in Woking and Broad name Fernando Alonso and engine partner Honda were looking for space, it works at McLaren upwards. 2017 still with 30 Points ninth in the constructors' championship, 2018 (62 points) at least sixth, succeeded 2019 With 145 counters a strong turnaround.
Ricciardo and McLaren: Already 2018 negotiated
In addition, Renault 2018 all levers set in motion in a completely renovated factory in Enstone and converted 50 million euros for two years has invested in Ricciardo; but the Formula 1 program due to a savings program in the group on the test bench stands. And not only since the beginning of the corona crisis.
Ricciardo is the preferred candidate for team boss Seidl and McLaren CEO Zak Brown, who has already worked with the Australian 2018 has led to contract negotiations. Ricciardo actually wanted to switch to Ferrari two years ago, but was slowed down by Charles Leclerc. His hope for a probability at Mercedes was also not fulfilled.
Change into as soon as medial was less present, was that he was in contact with Brown and McLaren even then, but ultimately closed Renault changed. McLaren was still a Renault customer team at the time. The shape curve of the past two years apparently led Ricciardo to realize that in summer 2018 has bet on the wrong horse.
The 30 – Year-old debuted 2011 in the Colin HRT team Kolles as Crimson-Bull-Junior in Formula 1 and was 2012 and 2013 built by Toro Rosso for the A-Team of Crimson Bull. There he defeated 2014 straight away the four-time world champion Vettel with 3: 0 wins and 238: 167 points. Against Max Verstappen he moved from 2016 to 2018 just barely Shorter (4: 5 wins and 578: 608 points).
For Vettel, the Ricciardo-McLaren-News means that the options for a continuation of Formula 1 -Career becoming more manageable. In the podcast 'Starting Grid' on Tuesday evening was the future of the outgoing Ferrari driver and a possible resignation after the end of the season 2020 Central theme. More on this in the audio player on 'Motorsport-Total.com' .