McLaren boss clarifies Daniel Ricciardo remark amid race debacle

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McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo (pictured) during an interview.
McLaren boss Zak Brown has clarified his comments on Daniel Ricciardo (pictured) and said everything is fine between the pair. (Getty Images)

McLaren boss Zak Brown has clarified his controversial comment about Daniel Ricciardo's contract after the Aussie has shown some improved performances of late, despite some car troubles.

Browne caused controversy ahead of the Miami GP when he appeared to reference a get-out clause in Ricciardo's contract with McLaren.

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The Aussie McLaren driver has endured a tough start to 2022 having suffered with Covid before the season even started.

Ricciardo appeared to bounce back after some tough races at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix and finished eighth.

This marked his second Top 10 finish in 2022, which has raised questions.

But, car trouble once against marred his Canadian GP results as he finished 11th.

While Ricciardo appears to have the backing of McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl, speculation has run wild over Brown's comments.

Now, Brown has clarified what he meant when alluding to Ricciardo's contract.

The McLaren boss also admitted Ricciardo and teammate Lando Norris' car issues had made it difficult for the drivers in recent weeks.

"I was asked the question and I just gave an honest answer," Brown said at the Canadian GP.

"Daniel has said the same thing. We're here to try and get towards the front. We've had some awesome weekends like Monza and then some disappointing weekends.

"And coming back to our car, I don't think we are yet giving our drivers a car that is capable of being at the front on a regular basis, so we need to do that.

"We've got a great relationship. I just gave an honest answer to a question about how things are going and I think things could be going better.

"But we're going to work hard and make sure that they do in the future."

Brown added that his relationship with Ricciardo was great and the pair enjoyed a dinner recently.

McLaren once again falters at Canadian GP

Verstappen held off Ferrari's Carlos Sainz to win Sunday's frenetic race and celebrate his 150th Formula One start by surging 46 points clear in the world championship.

The 24-year-old Dutch driver took his 26th career win just 0.9sec ahead of frustrated Spaniard Sainz, who was able to close the gap thanks to a safety car deployment but whose long wait for a first win continues.

Despite starting in ninth place on the grid, Ricciardo finished back in 11th - four places ahead of his McLaren teammate Lando Norris.

Lando Norris (pictured) during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Canada.
Lando Norris (pictured) also suffered issues during the Canadian GP. (Photo by Peter J Fox/Getty Images)

The McLarens were brought undone by a disastrous pit-stop blunder on Lap 20 when Ricciardo's crew were confused about what tyres they were supposed to be putting on.

The Aussie was left stationary for way too long, with Norris also forced to wait behind his teammate in the pits after McLaren had decided to double stack.

"That was a disastrously slow stop," Ted Kravitz said on Sky Sports.

It continued a terrible run for the McLaren drivers, who have struggled throughout the entire season.

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