Daniel Ricciardo quashed any rumours that he might take over from Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari if the German driver call it quits from F1 at the end of this season but didn’t rule out a move at a later date.
The 30-year-old only left Red Bull last year to join Renault but things haven’t gone smoothly for the Australian since he made the switch, with the works team struggling to close the gap on the top three teams.
Having moved paddocks to join Renault, Ricciardo has only managed to muster 16 points this season, the same as his team-mate Nico Hulkenberg.
And Ricciardo pointed out that his current two-year deal with the French manufacturers, which runs until 2020 and also prevents him from moving next season.
If Seb did walk away this year, then that’s his decision, but I wouldn’t be involved in that
“To be honest, I’ve been seeing articles like for the last three or four years consecutively,” Ricciardo told Auto Week about the reported interest from Ferrari.
“So it’s not new to me now. I have my contract, it’s a hard contract until the end of 2020, it was a two-year deal.
“So if Seb did walk away this year, then that’s his decision, but I wouldn’t be involved in that.”
Speculation about Vettel calling it quits on his Formula One career intensified when the four-time world champion admitted his frustration with the sport after officials handed him a five-second penalty at the Canadian Grand Prix, which saw Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton take the victory.
Vettel’s team-mate Charles Leclerc also feels the German won’t be calling it a day at the end of this season, despite his remarks in Montreal.
“I don’t see him quitting,” Leclerc said about Vettel to German publication Bild.
“I can’t speak for him, but he looks more motivated than ever and he works hard to do his best for the team.
“It’s nice to see how he works.
“I think he’s good dealing with the pressure because there is always pressure after you have won so many titles. Even if I beat him, that is no reason for him to stop.”
This weekend sees F1 head to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix, where Hamilton will be looking to secure his sixth win at the track.
If he does claim the chequered flag Hamilton will surpass Jim Clark and Alain Prost, who he is equal with on five wins, to become the most successful driver at the circuit.
Hamilton currently leads the driver standings with 197 points, 31 more than team-mate Valtteri Bottas and 74 points ahead of Vettel.
But the Prancing Horse driver will be hoping he can replicate his British GP victory from last year to win the race and close the gap on Mercedes.
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