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Red Bull would be happy to keep these two with them.

Red Bull boss speaks on the futures of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo

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F1 teams are about to experience a big mess in the driver's market.

Some of the top drivers in the championship are running out of contract next year - the list includes the likes of Daniel Ricciardo, Fernando Alonso, and Lewis Hamilton.

And, while speculation over future changes are unfolding, team Red Bull is determined to extend both Ricciardo and Max Verstappen's contracts until the end of 2020.

Christian Horner, Red Bull's boss, insists that the team has no intention of parting ways with their current drivers.

Having an impressive season so far, Ricciardo attracted the attentions of both Mercedes and Ferrari. 

Speaking on the Australian's future, Horner explained: "He's technically out of contract at the end of 2018 because he will have completed a five-year contract.

"But, what is absolutely clear is that it's our intention to retain both of our drivers, I would say until 2020."

There is a plan B for team Red Bull, though, in case Ricciardo does leave at the end of his current deal.

He is called Carlos Sainz, who has been loaned out to Renault for the current season, and he could be recalled.

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The loan option proves that Red Bull are not 100% confident about their current pair staying.

However, Horner believes there would be no need to look for a new driver anytime soon.

"Carlos, I wanted to keep under contract as an option should one of the [existing] drivers past next year not be with us," he explained.

"But the absolute intention is we want Ricciardo and Verstappen in Red Bull Racing cars going forward. They both enjoy being in the team.

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"The difference with Daniel is for the first time in his career at Red Bull he's got an end in sight to his contract."

Both Ricciardo and Verstappen established their Formula One status with the Red Bull team.

They are currently sitting fourth and sixth respectively in the championship with just four races to go.

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Max Verstappen
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Daniel Ricciardo

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