Daniel Ricciardo presented the F1 world with a manual in overtaking at the Chinese Grand Prix, securing a win after having started the race from P6.
While Red Bull would be ecstatic after the win, they wouldn’t exactly be buoyed by Ricciardo’s comments after this Chinese GP win, as he wants more wins from Red Bull in order to keep him at the team next year.
The Australian’s deal with Red Bull comes to an end this year and he is reportedly being lined up by both Ferrari and Mercedes to take up the seat of the ‘2nd driver’.
“I definitely want to be with the best car. I think the weekend proved that if I’ve got the opportunity to win I can pull it off. I can handle that pressure and that intensity.
“If we can win a few more with Red Bull now then that looks very attractive. If not, then I guess there are probably other options.
“I said it from the start. The win helps, but if we were finishing sixth every race this year then that is not the most attractive option to me.” Ricciardo said.
After the win in China, there have been suggestions that Ricciardo could actually go onto win the F1 title this year, but Ricciardo thinks its a little too early to call it.
“I think it’s too early to say yes [we can fight for the title] because we won at the weekend.
“We need to win regularly to kind of show that. But if we come out and win again in two weeks in Baku then I will probably say yes.” he said.
Chris Horner was convinced that it was upto his team to provide Ricciardo with a title winning car. He also took a sly dig at the kind of atmosphere in the Ferrari camp and that why would he want to move.
“Well, if you look at Kimi’s race, you know, I didn’t understand that strategy,” said Horner.
“I think Daniel’s happy in the environment. If we can provide a car like we did [in China], why would he want to be anywhere else?” he concluded.