Ricciardo expects Red Bull stay into 2016

By on Tuesday, June 30, 2015
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Daniel Ricciardo says he expects to stay with Red Bull into 2016, though hasn't completely ruled out a switch to a rival squad.

Ricciardo moved from Toro Rosso to Red Bull at the start of 2014 and took three victories as he finished in third position in the championship.

Red Bull's struggles this season have restricted Ricciardo to a podium-less seventh in the standings ahead of this weekend's British Grand Prix and the Australian says that while his future is likely to be with his current squad, he is flattered by the interest shown from rival teams.

"What I want is to win, basically," he said at a media event on Tuesday. "That’s a lot of my frustration this year, because of that. We’re not in a position to win, and as a driver that’s really the only thing you want.

"At least at this point in my career, when I’m still young and hungry, I feel like I’ve still got a lot of potential in me. With contracts, this and that, it’s not as easy as saying, ‘Yeah, I’ll go to Ferrari, and that’s that’. There are things in place, and from my understanding of contracts it’s 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. We’ve still got good people in the team, and the right ingredients to do it, it’s just making that next step – it has to be the right step and I think we can get back up there.

"Going back on the Ferrari thing it’s obviously nice to be recognised by a team like that. I’ll take it as a compliment, and we’ll see what happens."

When asked if he could completely dismiss the chance of him departing Red Bull, he replied: "It’s a tough one. I’ll probably never rule anything out completely. I don’t have experience with contracts, I haven’t been in Formula 1 that long.

"Things can change, anything can change. Obviously Dietrich [Mateschitz] said some things in the press as well and you never know what’s going to happen. As I said, it’s unlikely."

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