However events of late, with both outfits rumored to have finalized their plans for 2019, none of which include Ricciardo, have pinned the driver in a corner at Red Bull, leaving him no other reasonable alternative than to remain at Milton Keynes.
The seven-time Grand Prix winner, who hasn’t been on the podium since his dominant win in Monaco back in May, claims he is ready to extend his lease with Red Bull but won’t seek preferential treatment compared to team mate Max Verstappen.
“Not that I don’t want that [number 1 status] but I don’t need that, it’s all right,” Ricciardo said.
“Obviously Max is driving well but I genuinely think there have been things every weekend since Monaco which have just been a bit of a disruption or a bit of bad luck.
“Like the front wing and all that with Paul Ricard. Just pisses me off.”
“He is a great teammate to have. We have a lot of fun together but also once we are in the car we are pushing each other to a higher level,” said the Dutchman.
“I enjoy working with him. He is one of the best teammates to have in the paddock in terms of relationship, but also one of the toughest ones. But I like competition so it is perfect to have him as a teammate.”
Source: F1i news