Daniel Ricciardo's position at McLaren has been under increasing scrutiny over the past few months, as the Australian is still unable to match his teammate's performances in the MCL36.
The 8-time race winner has a contract that keeps him at McLaren until the end of 2023, but given the blockbuster nature of his contract, it seems unlikely McLaren would sign Ricciardo without implementing certain exit clauses.
Performance clauses could allow McLaren to replace Ricciardo before the end of 2023, and with IndyCar's Patricio O'Ward signing a contract extension with McLaren SP, Ricciardo's position seems less secure than previously thought.
Zak Brown as quoted by the-race:
"I don’t want to get into the contract [details], But there are mechanisms in which we’re committed to each other and then there’s mechanisms in which we’re not.
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."