Long-time Formula 1 journalist, Leo Turrini, has claimed Daniel Ricciardo has already agreed a move to McLaren to replace Ferrari-bound Carlos Sainz.
The confirmation of Sebastian Vettel’s exit from Ferrari at the end of the year will having a ripple effect on the rest of the 2021 grid and it appears some of jigsaw pieces are already falling into place.
Soon after the joint announcement from Vettel and Ferrari, Sainz quickly emerged as the leading candidate to replace him and his father did say that “things are moving” quickly.
Sainz’s departure then creates a free space at McLaren alongside Lando Norris, and Vettel and Ricciardo have been top of that particular shortlist according to the rumour mill.
Whilst discussing Sainz’s Ferrari move, Turrini mentioned that, according to his sources, McLaren already has an agreement in place with Ricciardo, whose current Renault deal expires at the end of 2020.
“Sainz is a solid driver,” Turrini told Italy’s Radio 24.
“But it must also be said that in several years he has achieved just one podium, even if he has never had great means available to him. It is not the name that warms the heart.
“Ricciardo? It seems he has already signed with McLaren.”
If all these pieces do indeed fall into this particular order, then Vettel, once again, and Fernando Alonso have been linked with the Renault seat.
Sky Sports pundit, Martin Brundle, recently predicted that Sainz would move to Ferrari, Ricciardo takes his spot and one of either Vettel/Alonso would join the Enstone team.