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Red Bull closer to Ricciardo deal says Marko

Daniel Ricciardo GETTYDaniel Ricciardo finished fourth in Canada and France
Cassandra Castillo | 30 June, 2018, 12:46

The Australian said at the French GP that he expects talks over his Red Bull future to ramp up over the next fortnight, heading into two race weekends in Austria and Britain which are considered "home" events for the team.

Daniel Ricciardo believes leaving Red Bull could be worth the risk as he looks to mount a genuine challenge for the Formula One title.

Though the British team is undergoing a tough spell now, and certainly wouldn't come under the criteria of title contenders, something Ricciardo obviously wants, he had a different way of interpreting what a move like that would mean.

"I said it from the start, the priority is to try and get a vehicle that can win a world title because I really believe I can. But yeah, I'm happy with where I'm at and with what I feel I can bring to the table".

"I feel I hold a certain value so I just want to at least match that with my expectations and what also people value me as".

Although Mercedes are thought to be keen to retain Valtteri Bottas, Ricciardo is thought unlikely to re-sign with Red Bull before Lewis Hamilton's long-running contract saga with the Silver Arrows is resolved, while Kimi Raikkonen is fending off annual speculation he could be ousted at Ferrari.

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The Australian has seven career wins in F1 and finished third in the drivers' standings in 2014 and 2016 - the same position he now holds - with reigning champion Lewis Hamilton believing Ricciardo has joined himself and Sebastian Vettel in a three-way title fight.

With Ferrari and Mercedes uninterested in the Australian, McLaren and Renault were the only parties eyeing him, However, the two teams are too far behind Red Bull in terms of competitiveness.

Now aged 28, Ricciardo is at an important stage of his career and he revealed that now Red Bull have confirmed their partnership to use Honda power next year, he's looking to make a decision soon.

Marko believes Ricciardo read the situation wrong and is now backed into a corner where Red Bull is the best option after Mercedes and Ferrari closed their doors over a potential move.

"Mercedes and Ferrari have a number one driver who is clearly declared".

"Now Red Bull has committed to Honda so they've got all the cards on their table so I know what I am getting there". "I know Ricciardo did not receive an offer from Ferrari and Renault, as far as I know, will stay with their current drivers". Above all, I don't think Renault is playing in the budget regions that Ricciardo has in mind. Even Lewis touched on it and I didn't even need to really say it. He probably imagined it differently.

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