Ricciardo planning Red Bull stay

F1i 21:04 24/12/2016
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Nico Rosberg’s shock retirement after winning the drivers’ championship has left one of the most sought-after seats on the grid available for 2017.

Mercedes has made an approach for Valtteri Bottas but could still end up promoting youngster Pascal Wehrlein, with a number of drivers out of contract at the end of next season.

Ricciardo, however, has ruled himself out of the next round of driver speculation, saying he will be with Red Bull at least until the end of his current contract.

“I’ve got two more years at Red Bull,” Ricciardo told the Australian Associated Press. “That’s where I’m going to be.

“There’s a lot of people that are tempted to jump into that [Mercedes] seat, and you don’t blame them. I just hope whoever gets it appreciates it. It’s a damn good one. But for me, you’ll see me at Albert Park in a Red Bull.”

Ricciardo has won four races over the past three seasons with Red Bull, becoming one of the most highly-rated drivers on the grid after getting the better of Sebastian Vettel in 2014. The Australian finished third in the drivers’ championship behind Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton last season.

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FIA Gala last night. 3rd for #3. Proud as punch but not gonna lie Nico's trophy looks better 😏

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