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Italian Grand Prix 2022

Ricciardo "wants to be" at McLaren until end of season

Daniel Ricciardo will leave McLaren following a poor two seasons at the end of 2022.

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Daniel Ricciardo has reiterated his commitment to McLaren until the end of the 2022 season when he is due to leave the team.

The Australian has struggled to adapt to the McLaren since switching from Renault/Alpine ahead of the 2021 campaign - comprehensively out-performed by Lando Norris.

Ricciardo did have an option for 2023, but McLaren has paid up his contract in order to draft in Oscar Piastri as his replacement after snaring the '21 F2 champion out of Alpine.

Despite his F1 career at a crossroads having failed at McLaren, Ricciardo has made clear he intends to give it everything he can until the end of the season.

"Look, I do want to be at the next seven races, I do want to show up," the eight-time Grand Prix winner told media including RacingNews365.com.

"I do want to get to Monza with the energy I know I can show, and get the result I know I can get.

"I definitely don't want to buy that ticket," he added when asked if he felt like buying a one-way ticket home to Australia and his farm.

"I think by the end of the season, for sure, I will want to just switch off and spend some time at home. But I'm not ready for it yet.

"I've been comfortable the last couple of weekends, and I'm not ready to just go and hide and close the door yet.

"I also don't want to go out on a 17th place or something like that. So I'm going to keep fighting through it.

"Fortunately, I love combat sports. And I'm used to watching and supporting fighters who get knocked down and get back up.

"So I'm trying to put myself in that position now and from the outside someone telling me to keep fighting and 'don't be a pussy.'"

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