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Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo has said that while many have linked him with a seat at Ferrari after his existing contract runs out, he is not quite so sure about the team at this point of time.
Recently, Max Verstappen put pen to paper on a deal that will see him stay at the team till 2020 and Red Bull bosses Christian Horner and Helmut Marko are reportedly keen to know about Ricciardo’s plans beyond 2018.
“That’s very nice of them,” Ricciardo told Brazil’s Globo. “They want to keep myself and Max in the team, but I’m not in a hurry. I have a lot of respect for Red Bull but I still have time to analyse everything.”
Ricciardo, 28, claimed that his priority is to be in “the best car” amidst talk of a potential move to Mercedes to Mercedes to replace Valtteri Bottas.
However, Ferrari may well be an option as well, given Ricciardo’s Italian ancestry.
On whether such a tie up would be a dream, Ricciardo said, “If I say it’s not, it will seem that I am not interested. But the word dream is a bit heavy. My dream is to win the world championship in the best car, so I don’t know what else to say.”
A big point of contention may be the fact that Ricciardo’s former teammate Sebastian Vettel’s reluctance to pair up with the Australian again.
“I’m not sure he’d take me,” Ricciardo said. “I don’t know if he has the power to tell the team who he wants, but I’m not going to think about that. All I have to do is keep driving at this high level and that’s what will determine my destiny.”
Ricciardo, though, knows that he will need to up his game to seem impressive enough now that Max Verstappen has shown that he is ready to take centre stage.
“He has improved a lot this year,” Ricciardo admitted, referring to the young Dutchman.
“Last year he made several mistakes, but Max’s confidence is right up there at the moment. At the same time I’ve struggled a bit with the characteristics of the car, which only works well in a narrow range. I need to feel every movement in my butt and my hands, but this year it’s been a little more difficult than last year,” he said.
With Red Bull making some major strides forward with regards to their car at the end of this season, many believe that they could be competitive next year itself. “The development we managed this year was amazing,” he said.
“If we start next year on the same level as Mercedes and Ferrari, we will be the favourites,” he added.
“My performance may not have been perfect, but everything I learned I will take with me into 2018. And that makes me very confident that I can be strong next year. But let’s see.”