Ricciardo’s surprising Red Bull decision

VideoImageF1: Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo has taken another shot at his team after a disappointing 7th place finish at the Canadian Grand Prix.

Daniel Ricciardo.After blaming the team for the tactical errors which cost him victory in Monaco and Spain, the Australian warned Red Bull at last week’s Canadian GP he would leave unless they supplied him with a title-winning package.However, it is understood Red Bull have now exercised their option on Ricciardo, tying the 26-year-old to the former world champions for at least another two-and-a-half years.“The contract was always long term and in a way it was always that length,” Ricciardo confirmed to Sky Sports News HQ.“But it’s performance based and obviously Helmut [Marko, the Red Bull advisor who is the right-hand man of owner Dietrich Mateschitz] and the team are happy with what l am doing and happy with me and Max [Verstappen] and want to keep us on board.”Daniel Ricciardo has extended his deal with Red Bull Racing despite recent setbacks.Source:Getty ImagesWith both of his parents of Italian descent, Ricciardo has been heavily linked with Ferrari amid widespread expectation the Scuderia will drop Kimi Raikkonen at the end of the year.But the Australian has opted to stay put after concluding that Red Bull are the best placed of Mercedes’ rivals to forge a title challenge when the sport’s aerodynamic regulations are refreshed at the end of the current campaign.“At the moment this looks like being the best place to be,” he said. “If Mercedes don’t make changes there is nowhere else that looks that attractive. With the rules next year, l think it’s going to be a strong fit and l hope we can really fight for a title in 2017.”Daniel Ricciardo battles Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari at the Canadian GP.Source:AFPAfter debuting in F1 with HRT and Toro Rosso, Ricciardo joined Red Bull for 2015 as a replacement for Mark Webber. He won three races during his maiden season with the team, out-pacing and out-scoring Sebastian Vettel in the process before the German announ…

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