Hamilton presented a very objective view of the entire Ricciardo ‘transfer saga’. He believes that Ricciardo is in fact just looking for an improved contract from Red Bull, as presently he earns quite less than what Verstappen is pocketing.
Ricciardo has been far more consistent than Verstappen and thus Hamilton believes that it is only fair that Ricciardo demands a better contract.
“[Ricciardo’s] got a team mate that is, from what I hear, making a lot more money than him,” said Hamilton. “Yet he’s more consistent, keeping the car together a lot more and more often than not pulling through.
“It’s important in the team to always feel your value, your worth, your contribution to it. I would imagine his future is there, but he’s one of the top drivers so I’m sure there’ll be options for him.” Hamilton said.
Lewis believes that Ricciardo only has two possible destinations in front of him(apart from Red Bull, ofcourse) and the current team setup of both Ferrari and Mercedes might hamper his chances of making a move to either team.
“There’s obviously, in the top areas, only Ferrari and Mercedes that he could ever consider. But currently here that’s unlikely. I don’t think that’s going to happen.
“And then if you look at Ferrari I image Kimi [Raikkonen’s] going to want to continue. I mean why not, he’s driving really well this year, he doesn’t seem to be ageing, so I’m sure he will go a little bit longer.” the Brit said.
Red Bull’s form this season and Ricciardo’s wins could keep him put at Red Bull.
“At the moment he is pretty much the lead driver in that team so it’s not a bad place to be.
“At some stage if Red Bull get an engine they’re going to be even closer in the mix with us. And there’s still a long way to go, they could win many more races. I think he’s just got to keep his head down, keep doing what he’s doing.
“But he should definitely have a contract on the table and have his options ready.” he concluded.