F1 star Daniel Ricciardo is hungry for a world championship and although Red Bull are keen to re-sign him, they won’t team won’t let him dictate terms forever when it comes to a new contract.
The Aussie’s current deal runs until the end of 2018 and he has previously said he will consider all the options before deciding whether to recommit to Red Bull or look for a new team.
Ricciardo is said to be frustrated that despite his obvious talent, he doesn’t quite have the car to help him challenge for a title, meaning he won’t be rushed into signing his next deal.
“The peak years of my career are probably the next deal I’ll sign,” Ricciardo said last month. “I want to make sure I maximise that with my driving ability.”
Talking to Racer, Red Bull boss Christian Horner said that the team wants to keep the 28-year-old, but that they would not “wait around forever” should Ricciardo drag out the decision-making process.
“I think Daniel knows what our strengths are and hopefully we’ll be in a reasonable position,” said Horner.
“I think he’s at a stage in his career where he’s wanting to evaluate all of his options, which you can understand. The problem is we won’t wait around forever and we’ve got some very good options available to us, but our priority is to try and ensure we find a solution with Daniel.”
Horner admitted that Ricciardo was frustrated at Red Bull’s inability to match the performance of Ferrari or Mercedes over a season, and the team’s performance in 2018 will have a big bearing on the Aussie’s ultimate decision.
“I get the impression he’ll want to see relative engine performances next year. He’s had four years of frustration on that side of things, so I can understand him wanting to see how things are panning out,” Horner said.
Ricciardo’s teammate Max Verstappen recently signed an extension that will keep him with Red Bull through 2020.