Ex-F1 star ‘can’t imagine’ Aussie gets second chance; strange reason for Merc success: Pit Talk

Former F1 star Ralf Schumacher “can’t imagine” Daniel Ricciardo will get another chance

 in the category as a messy and expensive exit from McLaren looms.

Ricciardo is set to be axed by McLaren and replaced by fellow Australian Oscar Piastri,

 although the news is yet to be confirmed.  Piastri’s move comes after he made a now-infamous statement

on Twitter disputing Alpine’s claim that he would drive for the French team in 2023 as Fernando Alonso’s replacement.

While Ricciardo still has a year to run on his deal with McLaren, he’s reportedly asking for

Should the 33-year-old move on, there’s likely to be plenty of interested parties

 who would like to secure his services for the future, including former employers Alpine (previously Renault).

However, Schumacher thinks this season could ultimately prove to be Ricciardo’s last if the Piastri saga comes to fruition.

There’s no moving on from the Abu Dhabi GP for Mercedes boss Toto Wolff, who thinks about the controversial race “every day”.

Last year’s world title was to be decided in the Abu Dhabi GP, as Max Verstappen

and Lewis Hamilton duked it out for F1’s ultimate crown.

Hamilton led for the vast majority of the race, but Williams driver Nicholas Latifi crashed

 with a handful of laps to go and brought out a safety car.

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