Chinese GP Win not Enough for Red Bull Contract

Leslie Hanson
April 19, 2018

Shanghai, China - Red Bull team boss Christian Horner hopes he can convince Daniel Ricciardo to stay after giving the Australian a winning auto for Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix. I think the weekend proved that if I've got the opportunity to win I can pull it off.

Ricciardo graduated from Toro Rosso to Red Bull to replace Sebastian Vettel in 2014, just as their dominance on the sport ended and Mercedes' began, and much of his frustration has stemmed from the fact that they have been unable to challenge for the title with their Renault engines.

Hamilton had a longer winless run at the end of 2015 and early 2016 when Rosberg won seven in a row before Max Verstappen triumphed for Red Bull in Spain.

"I said it from the start", said Ricciardo.

"We need to win regularly to kind of show that. If not, there's probably other options", Sport24 quoted the Australian driver, as saying. All the money had been on Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton to continue his domination of a track on which he has won five times, but Ricciardo had other plans, putting in a sparkling display of driving and breathtaking overtaking, all mixed in with his Red Bull team using the right strategy to claim victory in Shanghai.

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"Ideally I'd sign a two-year contract".

Riccardo's current contract with Red Bull is set to expire at the end of this season, with the 28-year-old Australian has also been linked to a potential move to Ferrari or Formula One champions Mercedes.

Hamilton has not won since last year's U.S. Grand Prix in October, a run of six without standing on the top step of the podium.

Ricciardo was hailed as F1's "master conjurer" after his sensational China comeback, storming from sixth to the lead in less than 10 laps with memorable overtakes on Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, who are also all out contract in 2018.

"It's a tough call for Ricciardo, assuming the two seats are actually available to him", Brundle told Sky Sports.

Renault advisor and four-time World Champion Alain Prost has labelled Sainz's move to Renault as a "risk" - but one that has paid off.

Lewis Hamilton had a hard weekend - but set a new F1 record as he finished in the points for a 28th successive race.

Vettel was enthusiastic about partnering Ricciardo again, despite the the Aussie outperforming him when they were teammates at Red Bull.

Ricciardo joined the team when Vettel had won four consecutive drivers' titles.

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