Publicado: Sol, Octubre 22, 2017
Deporte | By Armando Espinosa

Ricciardo would love to have Hamilton as a team mate

Ricciardo would love to have Hamilton as a team mate

The young Dutch Formula One ace said Red Bull had always shown faith in him, "inviting me in to the young driver programme as a 16-year-old, then giving me my start in Formula One when I was just 17".

The Dutchman had been on a deal to run until 2019, but contained clauses that could've allowed him to leave at the end of the current campaign.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo could be the hottest property on the Formula One driver market next year and talk of a move to Mercedes for 2019 is gaining traction.

But Dr Helmut Marko told Auto Bild: "We have understood our problems, introduced a new procedure for the wind tunnel and Adrian Newey is working with us here (in Austin), which is another sign".

Ricciardo beat four times champion Vettel over the 2014 season, a year when the German - who joined Ferrari in 2015 - was reigning champion but strangely below par.

Verstappen is set to take grid penalties in the United States Grand Prix as the Dutchman makes what Red Bull hopes will be his final power unit change before the end of the season.

"For me, it tells us that they (Red Bull) know Ricciardo is off", said former racer and Sky Sports television commentator Martin Brundle of the Verstappen announcement.

Red Bull put to bed any rumours about Ricciardo's team-mate Max Verstappen jumping ship by announcing his new contract.

"We've spoken with Daniel".

"We want to keep the same drivers I would hope for the period until 2020", he added. "With Toro Rosso we made the decision to switch to Honda, and when we look at McLaren's progress, we are satisfied".

Asked how many cans Red Bull will need to sell to pay him, team boss Christian Horner admitted: "Millions". But for me, it's what happens inside the team that is more important, and that hasn't changed.

"I like the (Red Bull) brand a lot and obviously I like the team a lot".

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