Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo is going on the offensive after persistent rumours about his premature departure from the traditional McLaren racing team.

“I’m committed to McLaren until the end of next year and won’t be leaving the sport,” the Australian wrote on Twitter on Wednesday: “I’m working my ass off with the team to make improvements and get the car back to the front where it belongs. I want that even more than ever.”

Ricciardo contradicts rumours

Ricciardo, 33, is under pressure at the English outfit for not delivering the results the team wants from him. He is a disappointing twelfth in the drivers’ championship with 17 points after eleven races and is clearly behind his British team-mate Lando Norris. Recently, there had been reports that McLaren was already looking for a new driver and that the veteran would have to leave before his contract ends at the end of 2023. Ricciardo has now contradicted this.

“There are many rumours about my future in Formula 1, but I want you to hear it from me,” Ricciardo wrote to his fans and sent his pledge of allegiance afterwards. However, drivers who could take over his cockpit in 2023 have long been traded. According to the British television station BBC, former world champion Sebastian Vettel is also on the list of candidates. The 35-year-old still drives for Aston Martin until the end of the year. Even though the English would like to continue with the Hessian, his future is still open. Moreover, the end of Vettel’s career does not seem completely out of the question.