DANIEL Ricciardo believes Mercedes and Ferrari have closed the door on him, that means it’s nearly sure he’ll re-sign with Red Bull.
The Aussie F1 star — who’s off contract on the finish of 2018 — additionally revealed he wanted clarification from Red Bull about why it switched from Renault to Honda energy earlier than he felt snug concerning the change.
The vitality drink staff has largely been unable to match Mercedes and Ferrari for pure straightline pace, prompting it to change engine suppliers and align itself with Honda beginning in 2019.
Ricciardo, who has been exploring his choices with regards to contract selections this season, stated he wouldn’t know whether or not Honda was the precise match till he drove with one in all its engines. He additionally made it clear he wanted to know his employer didn’t ditch Renault purely for emotional causes, however that there was a technique behind the choice.
“I’ve obviously heard the team out more than once and they’ve given me the reasons (for the change to Honda),” Ricciardo advised Motorsport.com.
“The vital factor to perceive for me why they’ve carried out it, it could actually’t simply be purely on feelings. Like, ‘It’s gone to s*** with Renault, no matter, and we’re doing it as a result of we would like to change.’
“They’ve clearly carried out their homework and so they strongly imagine that it’s a good factor, not simply on an emotional resolution.
“They’ve carried out what they will to attempt to encourage me to make it occur.”
Ricciardo’s Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen described his staff’s Renault energy unit’s efficiency as “tragic” and a “joke” after struggling a disastrous weekend on the British Grand Prix the place its solely championship factors got here via Ricciardo’s fifth-placed end.
Red Bull boss Christian Horner stated it didn’t take a lot to persuade Ricciardo it was time for a change in engine suppliers.
“The reality is it’s time for change,” he stated. “We’ve been doing the same thing year after year, we’ve seen real progress with Honda, and it just feels the right time in our evolution to be going a different route.”
Barring any last-minute backflips Ricciardo seems set to take a look at out Honda’s with Red Bull subsequent yr as a number of stories recommend he’ll prolong his keep on the England-based outfit.
Mercedes and Ferrari have been initially overvalued as potential suitors however curiosity seems to have waned on their finish, and Ricciardo believes each groups are settled on their driver line-ups and never trying to add anybody new.
“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,” Ricciardo stated, per ESPN. “I don’t have the info on that however you’ll be able to simply form of learn between the traces and you’re 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 choices, 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’m simply ensuring that I’m proper with my judgments.”
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