Formula One fans in frenzy over Daniel Ricciardo announcement

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Daniel Ricciardo is pictured during a Formula One press conference.
Daniel Ricciardo has declared he has no plans to leave F1 before his contract with McLaren is up, after rumours he could move on at the end of the season. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Daniel Ricciardo has moved to quash rumours he could be leaving F1 early with a defiant post on social media, declaring he's not going anywhere soon.

The spotlight has been on Ricciardo since his move to McLaren last year, having been significantly outpaced by young teammate Lando Norris.

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The 2022 season has so far proven to be even more challenging for Ricciardo, with last weekend's Austrian GP just his third points finish of the season.

With F1 approaching the mid-season break, discussions aurrounding the driver market for 2023 have begun to heat up - with some suggestions Australian F1 hopeful Oscar Piastri could wind up replacing Ricciardo if things fall the right way.

Piastri getting a seat at McLaren would require either the team to move Ricciardo on or hin stepping away himself - something he has no intention of doing.

"There have been a lot of rumours around my future in Formula One, but I want you to hear it from me," Ricciardo wrote on Twitter and Instagram.

"I am committed to McLaren until the end of next year and am not walking away from the sport.

"Appreciate it hasn't always been easy, but who wants easy! I'm working my ass off with the team to make improvements and get the car right and back to the front where it belongs. I still want this more than ever. See you in Le Castellet."

McLaren have clarified their intentions for Ricciardo multiple times this season after his early struggles prompted speculation the ambitious British outfit might move on from the 33-year-old.

Team boss Zak Brown said earlier in the season that Ricciardo had failed to live up to expectations. He later clarified the comments to say his relationship with the Australian "has never been better".

Daniel Ricciardo staying put, but F1 hope for Piastri

While a rumoured McLaren seat appears unlikely to eventuate for Piastri, the 21-year-old has previously been linked to a potential seat with Williams.

Piastri took a role as a test and reserve driver with McLaren rivals Alpine for 2022, on the proviso that the team would assist him in getting on the grid next year.

Williams appears to be the most likely landing spot, with the team rumoured to be parting ways with Canadian driver Nicholas Latifi at the end of the season.

The Formula 3 and Formula 2 champion in back to back years, Piastri is understood to not want to lose momentum after accomplishing the rare feat.

Oscar Piastri and Daniel Ricciardo are pictured side by side.
Oscar Piastri is hoping to join Daniel Ricciardo in F1, with Williams looking to be a likely landing spot. Pictures: Getty Images

Alpine could still be where Piastri makes his F1 debut with the future of former world champion Fernando Alonoso yet to be decided, however it is with the ailing Williams team that the Aussie could find his place on the grid.

Team principal Otmar Szafnauer said the future of Alonso would be worked through before any decisions were made on Piastri's future, though he didn't rule out another team luring the talented Aussie away.

“We haven’t thought that through yet, because it’s a little bit early,” he said of Alonso.

Szafnauer had previously said they would have more indication on Piastri's future at the British GP two weeks ago.

McLaren have also tested others who could be eventual candidates, including IndyCar's Pato O'Ward and Colton Herta.

They have also just added reigning IndyCar champion Alex Palou to their roster.

With AAP

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