Ricciardo likely to leave F1 – Schumacher

He says Fernando Alonso’s shock switch to Aston Martin for 2023 caught Alpine by surprise but essentially it is “a crime” for the Renault-owned team to “let him go”.

“If you can’t get the contracts right, you can’t blame a young man like that. I like Otmar (Szafnauer), but he should be disappointed with himself and not having a plan B.

“Oscar didn’t do anything wrong,” Schumacher insisted. “Why should he have to wait? I would have done the same if I had received an offer.

“Now we can only hope that the bad loser – Alpine in this case – doesn’t put obstacles in the boy’s way. All they had to do was give him a contract.

“What we see now could just be about a bit of monetary compensation from McLaren.”

As for who Alpine will ultimately pair with Esteban Ocon, Schumacher thinks his nephew Mick – linked with the exit at Haas – is in the frame.

“Mick hasn’t signed a contract yet, so he is a candidate. A candidate with speed, as we have seen,” said Ralf.

“Then there’s the question of Daniel Ricciardo, but personally I can’t see him getting another chance in Formula 1.”

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