Daniel Ricciardo expressed his delight after signing a new contract that will keep him at Red Bull until 2018.
Ricciardo’s relationship with the team has been frosty as of late as they cost him victory in Spain and Monaco. During the Spanish Grand Prix, a strategy call led to him finishing fourth, while his team-mate Max Verstappen went on to become the youngest Formula 1 winner in history.
In Monaco, Ricciardo had been leading and was on the verge of his maiden Formula 1 win, but it all went up in smoke following a botched pit stop, where his team didn’t have the right tyres ready.
The Australian had even hinted at joining another team if the Formula 1 title continued to elude him, but all that speculation has been put to rest after he decided to sign a new contract and prolong his stay with Red Bull.
“The contract was always long term and in a way it was always that length,” Ricciardo told Sky Sports News. “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.”
Ricciardo added that he decided to stay put since he believes Red Bull are the team that will give Mercedes a run for their money.
“At the moment this looks like being the best place to be,” he said. “If 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.”
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