Daniel Ricciardo says he's only talked 2019 F1 contract with Red Bull

Daniel Ricciardo says he's only talked 2019 F1 contract with Red Bull

He says "there's always been really good clarity and fairness (at Red Bull). and I would expect that environment everywhere". The publication points to Ferrari as a target for Ricciardo, as Kimi Räikkönen is on a one-year contract extension, leaving his seat up for contention by any and all seeking a move to a more competitive team. At least until now, ' said Ricciardo, victor in China two weeks ago and at last year's chaotic Baku race.

Ricciardo has been under Red Bull's umbrella throughout his single-seater career and has raced for the organisation's senior Formula 1 team since 2014, but is out of contract at the end of the year.

Reporting that Ricciardo and Ferrari arelocked into an exclusive negotiating period, Hughes wrote in Motor Sport magazine: There are many different types of contractual options, but this one is said to be on both sides up to a defined date (believed to be June 30). Realistically we need to win more than just once in the season to fight for a title so that's why I'm going to take my time.

"If someone said "We'll let you here, but you can't do this" then that is not an attractive option for me".

After his Shanghai triumph, the Aussie did some simulator work at his team's base in Milton Keynes before undergoing the operation in London. In fact, as of now, only Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel have contracts extending beyond the conclusion of the 2018 season with Red Bull Racing and Ferrari, respectively. "If I did move on I would want to make sure it was something that would potentially be better", he said.


"I've got a good challenge now obviously with Max [Verstappen] and I had Seb, too, so I don't want to say it's just Lewis I'm looking for, but that would be a good challenge".

Asked if he feels a loyalty to Red Bull, he admitted: "There will always be a bit of that, for sure". "It's been 10 years since I was in [the] Red Bull junior team".

"I would love to be challenged against the best and Lewis (Hamilton) is arguably up there, so that would be a good challenge".

And Sky F1 analyst Mark Hughes insists that those privy to such matters at Red Bull are adamant that he has definitely signed something, somewhere but it's not with them and it's not with Mercedes.

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