Ricciardo ready to move on...from Ferrari questions

Thu Jun 30, 2016 2:32pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

SPIELBERG, Austria (Reuters) - Daniel Ricciardo would rather move on.

Not from his Red Bull Formula One team, which the Australian is now committed to contractually until at least 2018, but continuing questions about his future and a possible switch to Ferrari.

He and the team made clear weeks ago that options had been taken up, but Ricciardo was asked again at the Austrian Grand Prix on Thursday to confirm he was staying for the next two seasons.

"Yeah, yeah," he replied.

Asked for more detail, some flesh on the bones, he added: "Every word I say...one word turns into 10, and then 30 and 50. So, I’ll just leave it at that."

Pressed further, Ricciardo said it was his decision as much as the team's.

"We want to win. This year is going to be tough for a world title but obviously where we are this year is where we are," he said.

"But looking ahead to next year, and spending time with the team and seeing what’s ahead, I think it’s the best place to be to try to challenge (champions) Mercedes, so that’s where it stems from."   Continued...

Formula One - Grand Prix of Europe - Baku, Azerbaijan - 18/6/16 - Red Bull Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia reacts after the qualifying session. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov