Ricciardo warns: Title battle or I’m out


Daniel Ricciardo has revealed that he will consider leaving Red Bull if the Formula 1 title continues to elude him.

Ricciardo’s relationship with Red Bull has become increasingly tense over the past couple of weeks as the team have cost him victory in the last two events in Barcelona and Monaco.

In Barcelona, Ricciardo had to settle for fourth place after a strategy call allowed his team-mate Max Verstappen to become the youngest Formula 1 winner in history.

A botched pit stop in Monaco, where the right tyres weren’t ready, saw Ricciardo finish behind Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton.

Ricciardo currently sits in third place on the Formula 1 standings, but unless he has a clear-cut chance of being crowned champion for the first time in his career, he will look to move to another team that will help make that dream a reality.

“The only interest l have is with a World title. If Red Bull said we cant give you that for the next few years then the only place l would want to go to is somewhere they can say ‘yup, you can fight for a world title with us’,” Ricciardo told Sky Sports.

“That’s all that l really want to fight for. I’m not interested in being with someone for an image.”

While Red Bull have said that the Australian is under contract for 2017, Ricciardo’s surge in form and his issues with his team have led to speculation that he could replace Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari.

A move to Ferrari would see Ricciardo race alongside Sebastian Vettel once again as the pair were team-mates at Red Bull in 2014. During that season, Ricciardo outperformed Vettel as he finished third, while the German came fifth.

Despite this, Vettel revealed that he wouldn’t mind a second stint as Ricciardo’s team-mate.

“I raced with him in 2014 and we didn’t have any problems. And l knew him before that. But it’s not my decision,” Vettel said. “I don’t mind, he’s a strong guy, l like him. He had a good season in 2014, last year and this year has been difficult to judge because you don’t know what happens internally, but from what l know he is a good guy.”