It’s no secret Daniel Ricciardo is arguably the most sought-after driver in Formula 1 right now.
The Australian has posted the fastest lap in three of five races so far in 2018, not to mention a hugely impressive win at the Chinese Grand Prix in April.
While the twisty streets of this weekend’s Monaco event don’t complement his aggressive driving style, Ricciardo has set a blistering pace during practice on Thursday.
He clocked track records in both sessions, first with a 1:12.126 lap before lunch, followed by a sizzling 1:11.841 later in the afternoon.
It’s form like this that’s got everyone asking whether Ricciardo has outgrown Red Bull, but despite the hype, he’s in no rush to decide his future.
“I don’t feel like I need to sign anything soon,” Ricciardo told The Paddock Magazine, via the Express.
“I also want to see what happens with the team and with the other teams as well.
“So we’ll see how the year takes place… I know that at some point, other teams will want to know my decision, but for me, for my mind, it does not matter right now.
“It could be after the summer as well… when I know what is going to happen next year, I’ll be happy to sign something.”
Moving to anywhere other than Ferrari or Mercedes would be a step down and make little sense for the 28-year-old.
With the futures of Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas in doubt at their teams, there’s never been a more clear-cut opportunity for Ricciardo to drive for one of the big two.
His patient stance on the matter suggests he isn’t concerned about missing out, but it hasn’t stopped others weighing in on the discussion.
NICO ROSBERG HAS HIS SAY
Nico Rosberg knows a bit about racing at the top end of Formula 1, with ten years’ experience battling the likes of Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher.
For him, Ricciardo’s next team is a straightforward decision.
"Ask me [about] individual drivers, where they should go: Ricciardo, I would say Ferrari," Rosberg said when quizzed about the drivers each team should go for, per Autosport.
"I think he should go to Ferrari. It [Vettel and Ricciardo together] worked at Red Bull, didn't it, for one year.
"I'm not sure if Vettel is going to be too happy about him joining, because Ricciardo was faster than him in Red Bull.
"But apart from that I think that would be a good choice for him, a good move."
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