Daniel Ricciardo to leave McLaren at end of F1 season

Daniel Ricciardo waves to the crowd during previews ahead of the F1 Hungarian Grand Prix on July 28, 2022 in Budapest, Hungary.

Daniel Ricciardo's underwhelming time at McLaren will end after the 2022 Formula One season

and a year before the Australian's contract had been due to expire, both parties said on Wednesday.

Ricciardo joined from Renault at the end of 2020 but, despite winning  last year's Italian Grand Prix at Monza in a one-two finish

Sharing the news with his 7.3 million followers on Instagram ahead of  this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix which ends the sport's August break,  Ricciardo said the development was "bittersweet."

"We put in a lot of effort on both sides but it just hasn't worked the  way we wanted, so the team's decided to make a change for next year,"  said the 33-year-old.

"We had a lot of discussions but in the end we mutually agreed it was the right thing for both of us.

"I will keep on wrapping up of this current year, totally, and keep on doing my absolute best with it ... What lies ahead, I don't as yet know."

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