Ricciardo dismisses Ferrari talk

Apr 27, 2018, 00:59
Ricciardo dismisses Ferrari talk

Daniel Ricciardo has dismissed media speculation of a pre-agreement with Ferrari which might lead him to switch next season from Red Bull to the Italian Formula One team.

"That's not true, I can say that", Ricciardo clarified at Thursday's media conference ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Asked what the deadline is for Ricciardo to extend his stay at Red Bull, team boss Christian Horner told Auto Motor und Sport: "There should be a decision by the summer break at the latest". Even a year ago we were pretty open with each other, I think through the media they are interested in keeping me.

"We have had some talk regarding this".

"I'm aware of other reports, but there hasn't been anything else, so they're not true", said Ricciardo, victor in China two weeks ago and of last year's chaotic Baku race.

Ricciardo's current contract with Red Bull ends at the end of this season and the recent Chinese Grand Prix victor has made it clear that he wants to drive for a team capable of winning world championships.

With AP Photos.Daniel Ricciardo says he would relish the challenge of having Lewis Hamilton as his teammate if he joins Mercedes next year.

"There will always be a bit of that for sure [a loyalty to Red Bull]".

"I wouldn't want to go somewhere where I didn't feel I had a chance", Ricciardo said. It is alleged that driver and team have agreed not to negotiate with other parties until June 30, with money changing hands as part of the accord.

Sainz, who impressed next to Ricciardo's team-mate Max Verstappen at Toro Rosso, is on a one-year loan at Renault while Pierre Gasly has started the season in impressive form at the junior team.

"So for that reason I feel I can wait until the summer". But at some point you've got to weigh up what does what, regardless, there will always be something.

Finally, asked what he is looking for in a contract, he said: "The real requirement is to put myself in a position to win the world title". "It doesn't mean where I am now is not that place, but I think that's why I'm trying to take my time with it is because it's still too early".

"I would love to be challenged against the best and Lewis (Hamilton) is arguably up there, so that would be a good challenge". "Obviously, we won last time out but realistically we need to win more than just once a season to fight for a title".

"They really set this all up for me, to make this all happen".

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