Daniel Ricciardo says he’s closing in on a brand new Red Bull contract now that it has grow to be clear Mercedes and Ferrari is not going to supply him a deal for 2019.
After spending all of his F1 profession up to now underneath the Red Bull driver programme, Ricciardo is out of contract on the finish of this season.
At the beginning of the yr he was linked with Ferrari however it’s now trying more and more doubtless that the Italian group will select Sauber driver Charles Leclerc to associate Sebastian Vettel in 2019. Mercedes was additionally rumoured as a possible vacation spot for Ricciardo, however Valtteri Bottas is anticipated to be retained as soon as Lewis Hamilton completes a brand new take care of the group within the coming weeks.
As a end result, Ricciardo says his options are restricted and admits Red Bull appears to be like like his most suitable choice.
“Not every door is closed, but it’s looking more and more likely that the other top teams will probably remain with their line ups,” he mentioned. “I haven’t got the info on that however you’ll be able to simply form of learn between the strains and you are feeling that that’s in all probability going to stay.
“So clearly if it wasn’t Red Bull then they’re the opposite two most tasty options, so if they don’t seem to be potential, then for me now it’s exhausting to be satisfied that an alternative choice is healthier than Red Bull. So I am simply ensuring that I am proper with my judgments.”
Asked if he wished No.1 standing over teammate Max Verstappen with a purpose to signal a brand new contract, Ricciardo added: “I do not need that. Not that I do not need that, I do not want that.
“Obviously Max is driving well, but I genuinely think, there have been things every weekend since Monaco, which have just been a bit of a disruption or a bit of bad luck — like the front wing and all that with Paul Ricard, and the DRS at Silverstone.”