Daniel Ricciardo with Zak Brown on the grid

Daniel Ricciardo will back Oscar Piastri despite the apparent loss of his Formula 1 drive to the youngster from McLaren for 2023.

This follows a turbulent and public split between Piastri and Alpine, where he was named Fernando Alonso’s successor alongside Esteban Ocon for next season.

The Melburnian has refuted the claim online after setting up his own plans for the future.

The circumstances that led to the current situation can largely be traced back to comments by McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix.

Brown drew attention to Ricciardo’s ongoing performance battles at this time.

Speculation over the 33-year-old’s future has never gone away since.

Mark Webber, Piastri’s manager, saw the writing on the wall at McLaren and opened talks with Brown.

Alpine planned to hand the 21-year-old over to the infamous Williams while lining up Alonso for another season.

That was before the double world champion decided to leave for Aston Martin.

It is widely believed that Piastri agreed terms with McLaren leaving Alpine without a driver to fill the seat he thought he had a queue for.

The sordid ordeal played out in public, with the fallout generating an outpouring of support for Ricciardo, seen as the innocent victim.

Conversely, Piastri, Webber and Brown elicited a negative response online.

Ricciardo didn’t take the situation personally and took a pragmatic approach despite his disappointment.

“I’m not going to tell them not to support me,” he said when asked by Speedcafe.com how fans should read and react to the current situation, noting the vitriol put pressure on other parties involved.

“Obviously people will be moved by the decision, but it’s a deal in terms of Mark watching over Oscar, he has a job for him to do.

“That’s where it’s sport but business at the same time, so you kind of have to put yourself first, if you want.

“It’s definitely not the result I wanted. Like I said, when I joined the team I had a much different idea of ​​how it would go, but that’s the reality of the situation.

“Obviously that’s where Zak and the team felt like it was going, so that’s it.

“Glad to have the [fan] supportive, but I don’t want to tolerate any negative feelings towards others.

McLaren confirmed yesterday that Ricciardo will leave the organization at the end of the season.

The team conducted these discussions while remaining silent on its next step.

Despite this, Ricciardo admitted he would back Piastri as a fellow Australian in Formula 1 ahead of his expected announcement at McLaren.

“Honestly, I still don’t know what the future holds for Oscar,” Ricciardo said.

“Obviously Mark is doing his job for Oscar, I don’t take any of this personally.

“Assuming Oscar is, I think that’s kind of guaranteed a place on the grid next year somewhere.

“I will support him, and I will support a fellow Australian.”

Ricciardo added that there has been no contact with Piastri or Webber since the situation unfolded.

“I don’t think there was a reason for him to reach out,” he said.

“I’m sure they also go through their business. I tried to sort my things.

As of now, it’s unclear when Piastri’s future will be officially announced.