The possible departure of Daniel Ricciardo from Red Bull at the end of the 2018 season still has pages to write. If it occurs, his departure could open the doors of the Austrian team to Carlos Sainz, although it could also happen that the Australian is not convinced of any other option and decides to continue finally, something that the team have always seen with good eyes. In any case, the Perth driver is aware of all that Red Bull has given him in these years and take the decision he makes, he would like to do it with mutual respect.
“I can have more than one option for the first time and it’s great and exciting, but I want to do it the right way,” Ricciardo told Motorsport.com. “I do not want to disrespect anyone, maybe I’ll go, but I’m not going to say something like ‘It’s because these guys are a lot of this.’ Whatever I do, Red Bull has given me everything in my career, so I would not speak ill of them in any kind of scenario, I am not like that, I will say what I feel if I think I deserve it or something, but I will always be respectful. ”
Helmut Marko, adviser to Red Bull, pointed to Auto Hebdo: “I have a good relationship with Daniel, we really like him and I want him to stay, but not with any conditions, the contract should be beneficial for both of us” , showing the desire that the Australian continue but not at any price.
The environment for now is quite calm, both for the driver, who prefers to give himself a little margin before making a decision and that the results are those that open or close doors, as for the team, who does not want to force the situation either. they shuffle other alternatives if the Australian’s departure occurs.
“It does not make sense to force a situation or a decision, everything will run its course.” We are relatively relaxed because we have great options available. We want people and drivers who want to be on the team, “said Red Bull boss Christian Horner.