Daniel Ricciardo has not achieved the results he expected in F1, McLaren boss Zack Brown said Friday after announcing that their IndyCar team has extended a deal with Pato O’Ward, who is eyeing a place in F1.

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McLaren took care of a little business ahead of Sunday’s Indy 500 by extending O’Ward’s contract until the end of 2025. bonus.

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McLaren’s commitment to O’Ward will come as a warning to an underperforming Ricciardo, who has managed a single point in six F1 races this season and had a terrible start in Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix, crashing out in Friday practice.

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The Australian’s contract runs until 2023, but Brown said there are “mechanisms” that could affect the talks.

“We’re both under contract, so nothing’s coming up, but we’re starting a testing program with a couple of drivers and Pato will definitely be one of them,” said Brown, who is based in Indianapolis, where the Arrow McLaren will compete. have three cars in the Sunday race.

“I don’t want to go into the contract, but there are mechanisms that we owe to each other, and there are mechanisms that we don’t do.

“I talked about it with Daniel. We’re not getting the results we hoped for, but we’re both going to keep working.

“I think at Monza he showed that he can win races. We also need to keep developing our race car. She is not capable of winning races, but we would like to see him higher on the grid.”

O’Ward has also shown himself to be a winner, with three wins, four poles and nine podiums since signing with Arrow McLaren in 2020.

The young Mexican shooter, who will start Sunday’s race from seventh on the grid, has given himself two years to realize his F1 dream, which aligns well with his contract with McLaren.

“I think the deadline is set only because of the age. When you’re 25 or 26, that window closes quite a bit,” said O’Ward, who will take home a Richard Mille watch from Brown as a bonus if he wins 500.

“Obviously, if an opportunity presents itself, you should take it. The dream of becoming a racing driver came from Formula 1, so nothing will ever disappear. It’s a part of me.” When you want something so badly, it’s hard to get it out of your head. In the end, what will make this guy (Brown) want me more is to win more.”