Daniel Ricciardo has been told that Lando Norris is "destroying him" as the McLaren driver's position comes under threat.
After finishing 13th in Monaco last weekend, Ricciardo is now 37 points adrift of his team-mate, who currently finds himself in seventh place in the 2022 Drivers' Championship. Following the race in Monte Carlo, former Formula One team principal Eddie Jordan sent a stern warning to the Australian driver.
Speaking to Channel 4, via Formula One News, Jordan explained: “He’s letting races flow by, and you very seldom get a chance to claw this back. I think I’d be watching his career path from now on, because I’m not sure how much further he can go.”
Jordan, who ran the team of the same name from 1991 to 2005, then went on to add: “Lando is destroying him, mentally, physically and on the track and when you have that kind of a scenario inside of a team, it gets to you so he needs to shake it up immediately.”
Ricciardo is currently contracted with McLaren through to the end of next season, but the team's chief executive Zak Brown has hinted his contract could be terminated before the end of 2023.
Brown has been quoted revealing: “I don’t want to get into [the contract] but there are mechanisms in which we’re committed to each other and then there’s mechanisms in which we’re not.
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“I’ve spoken with Daniel about it, we’re not getting the results that we both hoped for, but we’re both going to continue to push.
“I think he showed at Monza he can win races. We also need to continue to develop our race car, it’s not capable of winning races, but we’d like to see him further up the grid.
“We’ll just play it – I don’t want to say ‘one race at a time’ because we’re not going to one race at a time – but we’ll just see how things develop, what he wants to do.”
Ricciardo will hope to kickstart his season in Baku next weekend as the F1 calendar resumes with the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, with his best finish so far this season being sixth place in the Australian Grand Prix in April.
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