Daniel Ricciardo: Chinese language GP win not sufficient by itself to remain at Pink Bull
Daniel Ricciardo says victory in Sunday’s Chinese language Grand Prix shouldn’t be sufficient by itself to persuade him to signal a brand new take care of Pink Bull.
The Australian is out of contract on the finish of 2018 and there are potential openings at Mercedes and Ferrari.
He mentioned: “I wish to be with one of the best automotive; I believe the weekend proved if I acquired the chance I can pull it off.
“If we are able to win just a few extra now with Pink Bull, that appears very enticing. If not, there’s in all probability different choices.”
Ricciardo has received six races since being promoted from Toro Rosso to the senior Pink Bull set-up in 2014, however the crew haven’t been in a position to compete for the championship.
They’ve largely been held again by engine provider Renault, with whom Pink Bull have endured a fractious relationship for a while amid frustration on the French firm’s lack of ability to match the power-units of Mercedes and Ferrari.
Ricciardo, speaking to Australia’s Channel 10, mentioned: “Clearly the win helps but when we have been ending sixth each race this yr, then that is not essentially the most enticing choice to me.”
Requested whether or not he felt Pink Bull could possibly be title contenders this season, Ricciardo mentioned: “I believe it is nonetheless too early to say sure. We received on the weekend however we have to win often to form of present that.
“If we come out and win once more in two weeks in Baku then I will in all probability say sure.”
Ricciardo received a madcap race in Azerbaijan final yr, however on paper Pink Bull are unlikely to compete with Mercedes and Ferrari due to the monitor’s mile-and-a-half-long straight.
What are Ricciardo’s choices for 2019?
As far as present drivers contracts go, Mercedes have two open seats for 2019 and Ferrari one.
At Mercedes, each Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas are out of contract on the finish of the season, whereas at Ferrari Sebastian Vettel is signed up till 2020 however Kimi Raikkonen’s deal expires this yr.
Mercedes and Hamilton each insist it is just a matter of time till they agree a brand new contract however crew boss Toto Wolff has mentioned he won’t resolve whether or not to maintain Bottas till he has seen how the Finn performs within the first half of the season.
Bottas has outperformed Hamilton within the final two races in Bahrain and China, however had a tough time within the opening race of the season in Australia, crashing in qualifying and ending eighth.
Ricciardo is one in all two drivers who Wolff is contemplating as a possible substitute for Bottas, with the opposite being Drive India’s Esteban Ocon, who’s a Mercedes-contracted driver.
Given the issues Mercedes had dealing with the depth of the struggle between Hamilton and Nico Rosberg after they have been team-mates and title contenders from 2014-16, Wolff could also be reluctant to signal one other A-lister within the type of Ricciardo, assuming Hamilton stays.
Nonetheless, Ricciardo could be anticipated to be a much less disruptive character as a accomplice for the four-time world champion than Rosberg.
Ferrari’s place on a team-mate for Vettel is unclear. That they had been lining up the rookie Charles Leclerc as a future accomplice for Vettel, maybe as early as subsequent yr, however the Monegasque has made a sequence of errors within the first three races of his F1 profession this season for Sauber.
Vettel has mentioned he “would not thoughts” partnering Ricciardo once more, even supposing the German misplaced out to him after they have been team-mates at Pink Bull in 2014, after which Vettel moved to Ferrari.
Ricciardo joined the crew when Vettel had received 4 consecutive drivers’ titles. However Ricciardo received three races to Vettel’s none and completed third within the championship, 71 factors forward of Vettel in fifth.
However Ferrari function in the meanwhile with Vettel as a de facto primary, and Raikkonen as a assist driver whose races have sometimes been compromised to assist Vettel.
If Ricciardo was advised he could be put contractually in the identical place, he could be unlikely to seek out that enticing.