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New developments have emerged about McLaren's decision to replace Daniel Ricciardo as the timeline of events from this week becomes more transparent. 

There were reports from as early as Monday that Ricciardo had contacted Alpine regarding a 2023 move, but this was before Oscar Piastri's new contract with McLaren was common knowledge.

As a result, this information was met with a healthy dose of scepticism. 

Piastri's rejection of Alpine on Tuesday only validated suggestions the 21-year-old agreed to a deal with McLaren. However, Daniel Ricciardo's contract with McLaren for 2023 was enough to create some scepticism about the move. 

This scepticism was short-lived, as yesterday's developments all but confirm Piastri will drive for McLaren next season, leaving Daniel Ricciardo without a drive for next season.

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ESPN's sources have confirmed the stories from early this week, revealing that Ricciardo began talks with other teams on Monday because McLaren informed him after the Hungarian GP that Piastri would replace him.


This information certainly softens the blow for Ricciardo, who (unlike Otmar Szafnauer) did not first learn of these rapid developments on social media. 

The reality is that the 8-time race winner was told in advance by McLaren - who reports are expected to wait until the Australian can find another drive for 2023 before announcing Piastri. 

McLaren and Ricciardo's partnership ends in a slightly underwhelming fashion, falling short of their expectations.

With that said, at least the Woking team protected their driver from this week's storm of uncertainty and breaking news.