Daniel Ricciardo: McLaren confirm ‘multi-year’ deal for Australian to replace Ferrari-bound Carlos Sainz

Daniel Ricciardo will leave Renault and join McLaren next season, it has been officially announced.

The 30-year-old Australian will line up alongside Brit Lando Norris for the 2020 season.

Current incumbent Carlos Sainz is set to leave the manufacturer to replace Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari for the start of next season.

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CEO Zak Brown said: “Signing Daniel is another step forward in our long-term plan and will bring an exciting new dimension to the team, alongside Lando. This is good news for our team, partners and of course our fans.

“I also want to pay tribute to Carlos for the excellent job he has been doing for McLaren in helping our performance recovery plan. He is a real team player and we wish him well for his future beyond McLaren.”

Ricciardo will leave after two disappointing years with Renault, a move facilitated by Vettel and Ferrari’s decision to part ways earlier this week.

Spaniard Sainz was Ferrari’s No 1 choice to replace the German and so it has proved.

McLaren say they are delighted to add a “proven race-winner” in Ricciardo while also taking the time to thank Sainz for his efforts over the last two seasons.

Andreas Seidl, Team Principal, McLaren F1, added: “Daniel is a proven race-winner and his experience, commitment and energy will be a valuable addition to McLaren and our mission to return to the front of the field.

“With Daniel and Lando as teammates, I believe we have two racers who will continue to excite our fans and help the team grow.

“Carlos is a true professional, a pleasure to work with and we will continue to enjoy going racing with him this year.

“We all wish him good luck for the next stage in his career when he leaves McLaren.”

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