Daniel Ricciardo uncertain about Red Bull future

Modesto Morganelli
Aprile 19, 2018

However with the sport about to enter (another) phase of instability, rather than a long-term contract Ricciardo is seeking a deal which will see him through the two years until the new engine and financial regulations kick in in 2021.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel won in Australia and Bahrain and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo in China - the first time since the V6 turbo hybrid era started in 2013 that Mercedes have lost three races in a row. "If not, there's probably other options", Sport24 quoted the Australian driver, as saying.

"I feel he's in a different part of his career to where Max is at the moment, who is still very young and fresh and going through that experience".

"Each year something might change so I don't want to tie myself down for four more years and then I'm like, "I don't want to do this any more". "He's absolutely at the top of his game and I think he has been for the last couple of years".

"I think it's too early to say yes [we can fight for the title] because we won at the weekend", he said.

As the uncertainty over Ricciardo's future rumbles on, one prediction has been for Ricciardo to replace Valtteri Bottas, whose deal also expires at the end of the 2018 campaign, and become Hamilton's team-mate - something the Aussie himself has welcomed.

Ferrari have already warned that they could walk away if they do not like what is on offer.

They have largely been held back by engine supplier Renault, with whom Red Bull have endured a fractious relationship for some time amid frustration at the French company's inability to match the power-units of Mercedes and Ferrari.

Ricciardo's win, and Sebastian Vettel's pole, put an end to Mercedes' dominance in Shanghai.

Red Bull has been third quickest behind Ferrari and Mercedes in qualifying so far this year and Ricciardo is still not convinced his team has the outright pace to challenge for the title.

Ricciardo would be a strong replacement for either but he told the newspaper that neither team had been in touch. "I would say on my side but also us as a team, we've been underperforming", he added.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner said after the Chinese Grand Prix that it was up to his team to deliver a winning auto if it was to guarantee Ricciardo staying on board.

While Vettel had looked good for a hat-trick of wins on Sunday morning, Ricciardo cashed in on a safety auto period that put Red Bull in the driving seat. "It's pretty simple", he said. "But I wasn't just sending a Hail Mary, I really thought I could do it, so that was a lot of fun".

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