Daniel Ricciardo turned down McLaren’s offer to stay moments before team made exit announcement – “We’ll leave it at that”

McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo will not feature for the team following the end of the current season.

While Ricciardo had signed a three-year deal with McLaren, the team finally lost patience in the Australian following an underwhelming tenure with them.

However, they did offer Ricciardo an opportunity to stay part of the team during negotiations, but Ricciardo turned this down promptly.

According to a report on GPFans, McLaren asked Ricciardo to stay with the team but switch over to IndyCar.

McLaren CEO Zak Brown discussed the conversation he had with Ricciardo and revealed how the Australian turned down the offer.

What was the offer that Ricciardo turned down?

Daniel Ricciardo. Credit: planetf1.com
Daniel Ricciardo. Credit: planetf1.com

Talking to GP Fans, Brown said: “Yes, we spoke about that. 

“He’s an exceptional racing driver and any team that he drives for, it’s a privilege to have Daniel drive for you and we do have a variety of racing activities.

“That being said, he’s very focused on Formula 1. Of course, the door will always be open here at McLaren but I believe he has a real desire to continue in Formula 1.

“We’ll leave it at that and let him comment when he speaks about his future activities.”

Having finished in the top-6 just once this season, Ricciardo was well and truly under the pump at McLaren.

Talks of the team looking to sign his fellow countryman Oscar Piastri have been doing the rounds and the Alpine reserve driver will be a far cheaper option for McLaren considering Ricciardo’s huge wage.

Ricciardo took to Twitter after the news of his departure was made public by McLaren.

In a video, he said, “From a results point of view, to consistently get the results I was after, wasn’t always there. It made some weekends tough. I felt those, absolutely.  

“But I also have many happy memories of my time with the team and I think about Monza, standing on the top step and bringing the team their first win since 2012. That sort of stuff was awesome.” 

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