Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Daniel Ricciardo claims that he has not yet spoken to either Mercedes or Ferrari regarding a contract for the 2019 season.
The Red Bull driver’s contract is due to expire at the end of the season and the Chinese Grand Prix winner has been linked with a move away from the Milton Keynes team.
Reports suggested that he had primarily been in talks with Ferrari, with some sources suggesting that he had already signed a ‘pre-contract’ with them.
However, speaking ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Ricciardo denied suggestions of a pre-contract with Ferrari, adding that his talks so far have only been with Red Bull.
“I’ve only had talks with Red Bull,” said Ricciardo. “Even during the last year, we’ve been pretty open with each other and I think – [reading] through the media – that they’re obviously interested in keeping me.
“We’ve had some talks regarding that. I’m aware of other reports, but there hasn’t been anything else. They’re not true, at least up until now certainly not.”
The six-time Grand Prix winner also denied that he is seeking a move away from Red Bull, but reiterated his desire to be in a car that can regular challenge for race wins, and ultimately world championships.
“The real requirement is to put myself in a position to win a world title,” added Ricciardo.
As I say, it doesn’t mean where i am currently is not that place, but that’s why I’m trying to take my time with it because it’s still too early.
“Obviously, we won the last race and that was great, but realistically we need to win more than just once in the season to fight for a title, so that’s why I’m going to take my time.”
When asked if he would accept the task of racing against Lewis Hamilton as his team-mate, Ricciardo accepted that it would be a strong challenge.
“I would love to be challenged against the best and Lewis is arguably up there, so that would be a good challenge,” added Ricciardo.
“I’ve obviously got a good challenge now with Max [Verstappen] and with Seb [Vettel, at Red Bull in 2014]. I don’t want to say that it’s just Lewis I’m looking for, but that would be a good challenge.”