Daniel Ricciardo has endured a difficult time at McLaren, experiencing some unreal highs, but plenty more dark lows. Ultimately, his lack of consistency has cost him his seat for next season, with the Aussie looking elsewhere to continue his career in Formula One.
The Australian really has struggled since leaving Renault, not being able to take the McLaren team to where they wanted to be, underperforming considerably, especially considering his teammate, Lando Norris more often than not is the better performer.
Rumour has it that they are going to be announcing Oscar Piastri as his replacement, teaming up with Norris for a new look, young driver lineup from 2023 onwards.
Saying that though, McLaren’s best moment for the last decade came via Ricciardo who guided the team to a 1-2 finish at Monza last season, their only win since 2012, so he clearly is leaving his legacy on the team.
That result also meant that Zak Brown had to get a tattoo of the famous Italian circuit on his arm due to a deal struck between him and The Honey Badger when joining McLaren if he managed to win a race for the team.
The Belgian Grand Prix at Spa was the first race weekend for Ricciardo since the announcement of his split from his current employers, with it a difficult weekend all round for the team.
Norris could only register P12, with Ricciardo languishing behind in P15, so overall far from an ideal weekend and not how the Aussie wanted to respond to being let go with other potential employers for next season watching on.
Before the race, Ricciardo likes to enjoy his own space trackside with his headphones on, listening to music to get into the zone and focus on what is coming up in the next couple of hours, but this weekend at Spa, he had company.
Mick Schumacher, George Russell and Alex Albon all went and sat next to The Honey Badger trackside to keep him company after what has been nothing short of a difficult few weeks during the summer break.
Zhou Guanyu and Esteban Ocon then joined the gang of drivers trackside with Ricciardo, including FIA President, Mohammed bin Sulayem.
That just goes to show how well liked Ricciardo is and how much love his colleagues have for him, with the President of the FIA willing to get his suit dirty on the grass trackside for a moment with the driver.