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McLaren react to Ricciardo split after 'shared challenges'

Andreas Seidl and Zak Brown have been reflecting on Daniel Ricciardo's two-year stint with McLaren following the news that he will leave the team at the end of 2022.

Ricciardo and Brown
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McLaren bosses Andreas Seidl and Zak Brown have given their reactions after it was confirmed that Daniel Ricciardo will exit the team at the end of the 2022 season.

Both parties mutually agreed to terminate Ricciardo's 2023 contract early, bringing his two-year stint with the outfit to a close.

Team Principal Seidl admits that there have been "shared challenges" during Ricciardo's time with McLaren, but has praised the Australian – whose best result with the squad was his victory at the 2021 Italian Grand Prix – for always remaining motivated.

"I would like to thank Daniel for his dedication and contribution over the last two seasons so far," Seidl said.

"Despite the shared challenges, he has always turned up with a fighting spirit and positivity and helped the entire team to always keep pushing forward. We will never forget that memorable race win in Monza which was a great boost for the whole team.

"We still have an important battle in the Constructors' Championship ahead of us for the remainder of the season and we look forward to battle this out with Daniel and Lando [Norris]."

Brown wishes Ricciardo well for the future

Brown, CEO at McLaren, has also expressed his thanks to Ricciardo, though acknowledges that they had hoped to "achieve more" together.

"Daniel has been a great addition to McLaren, and it's been a pleasure working with him," Brown added.

"I'd like to thank him for all of his efforts over the last two seasons both trackside and back at base. It's no secret that we hoped we could achieve more together but seeing him stand on the top step of the podium as a McLaren driver was a highlight.

"We wish him well for the future and let’s go enjoy the rest of the season together."

Ricciardo has stated that he will announce his future plans in due course.

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