McLaren have announced Daniel Ricciardo will join the team to replace Carlos Sainz for the 2021 Formula 1 season.
Ricciardo, currently driving for Renault, has agreed a “multi-year” deal with the Woking-based team to partner Lando Norris.
McLaren CEO Zak Brown in an official statement 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.”
Team Principal Andreas Seidl also said “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 Sainz, who joined McLaren in 2019 is heading to Ferrari to replace Sebastian Vettel.
Elsewhere, Renault have reacted to the imminent departure of their Australian driver saying “…discussions held with Daniel Ricciardo concerning a renewal of his contract beyond the end of 2020 have not been successful.”