Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo has appeared to confirm that he has extended his contract with the Milton Keynes based outfit until the end of the 2018 season.
Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ ahead of this weekend’s inaugural European Grand Prix in Baku the Australian commented by saying:
The contract was always long term and in a way it was always that length. But it’s performance based and obviously Helmut [Marko, the Red Bull advisor who is the right-hand man of owner Dietrich Mateschitz] and the team are happy with what l am doing and happy with me and Max [Verstappen] and want to keep us on board.
Kimi Raikkonen’s contract is up with Ferrari at the end of the season and Paddock Eye understands that the Prancing Horse when on the hunt firstly for Max Verstappen so Red Bull tied the Dutchman into a long term contract but also they were scouting out Ricciardo however the extension to his contract with Red Bull rules out a reunion with former team mate Sebastian Vettel.
Ricciardo who heads into this weekend’s European Grand Prix in fourth place in the championship just six points behind Vettel went on to say:
At the moment this looks like being the best place to be, f Mercedes don’t make changes there is nowhere else that looks that attractive. With the rules next year, l think it’s going to be a strong fit and l hope we can really fight for a title in 2017.
The extension to Ricciardo’s contract and with Max Verstappen tied into a long term contract it is likely that Carlos Sainz who has always said that he wants a shot at winning the title with Red Bull will leave the Red Bull set up and he could be a potential fit for Ferrari should the team decide not to renew Raikkonen’s contract.