Villeneuve: Ricciardo's time at McLaren is over

Villeneuve: Ricciardo’s time at McLaren is over

Villeneuve: Ricciardo's time at McLaren is over
Jacque Villeneuve did not mince his words after another disappointing race for Daniel Ricciardo in Monaco, and claims the Australian’s time at McLaren is over.

The pressure is mounting on Daniel Ricciardo in Formula 1, as he seems to be a shadow of his old confident self, and in his second season in McLaren, he is yet to show his worth for the team, especially with the high salary he is being paid.

In Monaco, he had another disastrous race, crashing his MCL36 in FP2 and missing most of as a consequence. In qualifying he was only good for 14th while his teammate Lando Norris was fourth.

On Sunday he had an uneventful race to 13th, gaining only one place by the end of a chaotic Monaco Grand Prix where there were so many opportunities to take, something the Honey Badger used to be good at.


Speculation has been mounting around Ricciardo’s future with McLaren with many drivers in the background waiting to pounce on the opportunity, Pato O’Ward and Colton Herta from IndyCar to mention two.

Is Ricciardo’s time over?

Jacque Villeneuve certainly believes that, and wrote in his column on “Daniel Ricciardo’s time at McLaren is over.

“CEO Zak Brown is now saying that there are clauses in his contract, and that means that a decision has almost been made. It’s a way to put the pressure on the driver and prepare the media,” he claimed.

“Ultimately, he has been a highly-paid driver who has cost the team a lot of money. He doesn’t bring in any points and he doesn’t have the speed the team needs to develop the car,” Villeneuve explained. “So he’s just costing them money.”

The 1997 F1 World Champion then fired a brutal statement saying: “It would be cheaper for them to continue paying Ricciardo’s salary, let him sit on the couch at home and put another driver in the car.

“It’s a harsh reality, but that’s Formula 1,” the Canadian concluded.

Ricciardo lies 11th in the 2022 Drivers’ Championship with 11 points as Norris has scored 48 points and is currently in seventh.