Ricciardo flattered by Ferrari interest

With Red Bull struggling to be competitive and no end to their woes in sight, there has been speculation that Ricciardo may look to leave the team, despite being under contract until 2018. With Kimi Raikkonen's future at Ferrari in doubt it's no surprise that the unsettled Ricciardo has now been linked with Ferrari.

The Australian admits that Red Bull's failure to provide him with a car capable of winning races is the hugely frustrating, but that he remains confident in the team's future. And, while a move to Ferrari may not be on the cards, Ricciardo says that it's flattering to be linked with the Italian outfit.

"I won't go into too much detail. First and foremost, not talking about contracts or anything, what I want is to win," he said.

"A lot of my frustration this year is because of that.

"We are not in a position to win and as a driver that is the only thing I want, at least in this point of my career when I am still young and hungry, and I feel I have still have a lot of potential in me.

"With contracts, it is not as easy as saying 'yeah I will go to Ferrari and that is that.' There are things in place, and right now it would be, from my understanding of contracts, it is not likely that I can get out.

"But at the same time, I really feel that Red Bull can make a change for next year and can get back up the front. I still think we have good people in the team. I think we still have the ingredients to do it.

"Going back on the Ferrari thing; it is nice to be recognised by a team like that so I will take it a compliment and see what happens," he said.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner certainly has no doubts about where the 26-year-old's future lies.

"Daniel knows the team's desire to be competitive, he believes in the team and there is no risk or discussion of him being anywhere else other than Red Bull for a minimum of three years," he asserted.

Ricciardo currently sits in seventh place in the World Championship standings with just 36 points, 133 points off the pace being set by Lewis Hamilton.