Although Daniel Ricciardo has denied he’s off to Ferrari next season, the Aussie has left the door open for 2021 as he says he’s not ready to commit to Renault long-term.
Ricciardo shocked many, including his former Red Bull bosses, when he signed with Renault back in August last year.
The seven-time grand prix winner committed to a two-year deal which has now put paid to rumours that he’s being lined up by Ferrari to replace Sebastian Vettel should the German retire at the end of this year.
However, that doesn’t mean he can’t head to Maranello in 2021 should Vettel not re-sign with the Scuderia.
Speaking to Corriere della Sera, the Aussie admitted he’s not ready to commit to Renault beyond 2020 as he first wants to see his current team at least fight for ‘best of the rest’ in the standings.
“For now the answer is no but not out of distrust of Renault,” he said in an interview with the Italian publication.
“I want to wait for the second part of the season.
“I expect to see signs: I would like the team fighting with McLaren for fourth place in the constructors.”
As for speculation that Vettel, his former team-mate at Red Bull, blocked Ferrari’s attempts to sign Ricciardo for the 2018 season, the Renault driver said he cannot imagine one driver having that much power.
“I don’t have an answer to this question.
“But if I put it to myself, I say that it is not possible: I refuse to think that a team of this kind should be influenced by a driver.”