Nico Rosberg has clearly laid out what he feels would be the best step for Ricciardo in his next phase in Formula 1. The Australian is out of contract next season and would be taking a final decision on his future sometime in the coming few months.
Red Bull have made it pretty clear that they want Ricciardo to stay put and partner Verstappen in the future as well.
However, Rosberg believes that Ricciardo needs to move to Ferrari next season and revive his partnership with Vettel.
Rosberg though conceded that Vettel might not be happy with Ricciardo coming over as he was the faster man in Red Bull.
“Ask me [about] individual drivers, where they should go: Ricciardo, I would say Ferrari,” said Rosberg
“I think he should go to Ferrari. It [Vettel and Ricciardo together] worked at Red Bull, didn’t it, for one year.
“I’m not sure if Vettel is going to be too happy about him joining, because Ricciardo was faster than him in Red Bull.
“So, I don’t know. But apart from that I think that would be a good choice for him, a good move.” he added.
The rumour mill suggests that Ricciardo’s move to Mercedes might have broken down, because Mercedes are considering one from Bottas or Ocon to take up that seat.
His contract situation at Red Bull seems a little tricky as Red Bull might actually experiment with a Honda engine next time round.
Rosberg has also been heavily surprised by Ferrari’s form this season and how they have improved over the last year or so.
“I’m very surprised because I know how incredible Mercedes is,” said Rosberg.
“I thought last year Ferrari, new regulations, maybe they just got a few things right and then Mercedes with time, with the development, would just completely disappear again.
“I’m completely surprised that Ferrari generally has the better car at the moment. I didn’t expect that. They have done fantastically.” he concluded.