Daniel Ricciardo is into his fourth season with Red Bull but hasn’t yet had the equipment under him to challenge for a championship. Sure, he’s put in plenty of brilliant drives and notched up a few wins, but he’s at the stage of his career where he feels ready to achieve more.
The 2017 regulations should have been the ideal time for Red Bull to leap across the gap to to the front and re-establish itself as a front-running team, but for much of the year there’s been a small but significant gap from Red Bull to Mercedes and Ferrari.
Ricciardo is out of contract with the team at the end of 2018 and is pretty high up on the shopping list of both Mercedes and Ferrari. He’s growing impatient with his current situation though, and in an interview with Motorsport.com said how desperate he is to win a title.
He said that as much as he’d like to win a championship with Red Bull, the team needs to do a better job in 2018 to convince him that it would be possible, otherwise he’s going to look elsewhere.
Despite the potential uncertainty surrounding his future Ricciardo said that he was enjoying having some freedom over his career: