Formula 1
27 Jun
-
30 Jun
Event finished
11 Jul
-
14 Jul
Event finished
25 Jul
-
28 Jul
Event finished
01 Aug
-
04 Aug
Event finished
29 Aug
-
01 Sep
FP1 in
7 days
05 Sep
-
08 Sep
FP1 in
14 days
R
Singapore GP
19 Sep
-
22 Sep
FP1 in
28 days
26 Sep
-
29 Sep
FP1 in
35 days
10 Oct
-
13 Oct
FP1 in
49 days
24 Oct
-
27 Oct
FP1 in
64 days
R
United States GP
31 Oct
-
03 Nov
FP1 in
71 days
R
Brazilian GP
14 Nov
-
17 Nov
FP1 in
85 days
R
Abu Dhabi GP
28 Nov
-
01 Dec
FP1 in
98 days

Red Bull wants to sort engine deal before Ricciardo contract

shares
comments
Red Bull wants to sort engine deal before Ricciardo contract
By:
May 30, 2018, 8:38 AM

Red Bull's decision on which Formula 1 engine it will use in 2019 will take priority over trying to commit Daniel Ricciardo to a new contract.

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB14
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB14, leads Carlos Sainz Jr., Renault Sport F1 Team R.S. 18
The Red Bull team celebrate with Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing next to the swimming pool on the Energy Station. Adrian Newey, Chief Technical Officer, Red Bull Racing, and Christian Horner, Team Principal, Red Bull Racing
Charles Leclerc, Sauber C37, leads Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB14
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB14, leads Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF71H
Race winner Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing in the Press Conference
Second place Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF71H, Race winner Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB14, third place Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W09, arrives in Parc Ferme

Ricciardo is weighing up whether to stay with Red Bull, which has backed him through his F1 career, at the same time his team is picking between ditching long-time engine supplier Renault for Honda.

The Australian claimed his seventh GP victory last weekend in Monaco, while teammate Max Verstappen – who signed a lucrative new Red Bull deal late last year – started last after a practice crash.

"You could say that [winning] made Daniel more expensive, it has put his value up, or it's put the team in a stronger position in terms of valuable potential to him," said Red Bull team principal Christian Horner.

"The reality is finding a solution to conclude a deal with Daniel in the next couple of months.

"First thing is get the engine sorted and then very much follow on from there with [the] driver."

Horner acknowledged that Ricciardo is "continually raising his game" as the Australian reiterated his value as one of F1's leading drivers by matching Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel for two wins after six races this year.

However, Red Bull's crucial engine call could define its short-term prospects and is not as simple as staying as a customer or becoming a works team.

While Renault has frustrated Red Bull with its inability to catch Mercedes and Ferrari during F1's era of V6 turbo-hybrids, Honda had three dismal years with McLaren after returning to F1 in 2015.

Honda is currently in a rebuilding year with Toro Rosso and is poised to introduce the first performance upgrade of the season in Canada, where Renault will also bring a second specification of engine.

Renault has made it clear that it is unhappy Red Bull has delayed a decision but Horner reiterated the chance to compare the two manufacturers' progress was important.

He thinks the final call "should be, hopefully, fairly obvious".

"It will all depend on the data," said Horner. "We're about a month or so away. End of June, beginning of July is the timescale we've always talked about.

"We're waiting with great interest to see the relative performance of the engines in Montreal in two weeks' time."

Additional reporting by Edd Straw

Next article
Miami braced for lawsuits from residents over Grand Prix

Previous article

Miami braced for lawsuits from residents over Grand Prix

Next article

Sirotkin says Williams now past 2018's low point

Sirotkin says Williams now past 2018's low point
Load comments