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Ricciardo: I don't need number one status at Red Bull

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12/07/2018

If Zak Brown's claim that McLaren is on "a journey" helped ease the fears of some, his warning that it might take "two or ten" years before the Woking outfit is a force again will have killed off any interest from potential world champions keen to help the legendary British realise its dream.

And with Daniel Ricciardo clearly realising that he doesn't have those "two or ten" years the Australian is looking more and more likely to stay put at Red Bull.

"Not every door is closed, but it's looking more and more likely that the other top teams will probably remain with their line ups," he said, according to ESPN, those teams being Mercedes and Ferrari.

"I don't have the facts on that but you can just kind of read between the lines and you feel that that is probably going to remain," he added.

"So obviously if it wasn't Red Bull then they are the other two most attractive options, so if they are not possible, then for me now it is hard to be convinced that another option is better than Red Bull. So I'm just making sure that I'm right with my judgments."

While there must be fears that Red Bull may have made the wrong decision in dropping Renault for Honda, others feel that the team's apparent bias towards Max Verstappen could be another stumbling block to Ricciardo's decision.

However, asked if he would be seeking number one status, the popular Australian is adamant.

I don't want that," he insists. "Not that I don't want that... I don't need that.

However, he admits that there have been little niggles in recent weeks that have given him doubts and would need addressing.

"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, and the DRS at Silverstone."

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1. Posted by Peter Rickitt, 12/07/2018 17:10

"Daniel, you deserve to be a number one.
With Vettel staying at Ferrari and Hamilton at Mercedes (unless he wins number 5 championship, when I believe he will do a Nico, to forge a music career - too long to wait), you should go to Renault as number 1:
- a manufacturer team with the financial and engineering resources to succeed;
- a manufacturer needing to prove Red Bull wong;
- a manufacturer whose need to enlarge their presence in the Antipodean and far east markets means they
will 'pay up' far more than Red Bull;
- people you already know;
- a team-mate, be it Hulkenburg or Sainz who will push you, but are nice people (and either able to find a
seat elsewhere); and
- are 'on the up'.

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