Australian Daniel Ricciardo to stay at Red Bull in 2016.
Australia’s Formula 1 race winner Daniel Ricciardo will remain with Red Bull for 2016, his team has confirmed.
Ricciardo’s place at the squad was confirmed by team boss Christian Horner, who also stated that Russian driver Daniil Kvyat would remained in the second car.
“Both drivers are under contract,” Horner said, allaying fears that they could lose their drives.
“Ricciardo’s contract is fixed and obviously all the options are on our side with Kvyat. He is doing a great job.
“So long as we are here, he’ll be in the car next year.”
Red Bull has faced an uncertain future in Formula 1 after falling out with engine supplier Renault.
Billionaire team owner Dietrich Mateschitz has claimed his team will only stay in the sport with a competitive engine, leaving the team in the position now where it simply doesn’t have one for 2016.
The uncertainty surrounding the engine has a knock on to next season’s car as designers can only guess at how to package the car around an as-yet unknown engine partner.
Mercedes and Ferrari have both declined to provide engines, while a supply by Honda has been blocked by McLaren’s Ron Dennis.
With current supplier Renault the only other option, Red Bull has painted itself into a corner.
A contract between Renault and Red Bull is in place for the 2016 season, though both parties have publicly stated their desires to cease the relationship.
Renault has been heavily linked with a buy-out of the Lotus team with Red Bull extending its internal deadline as it clamours for a new supplier.
What happens to Ricciardo and Kvyat should no engines arrive and the team be forced to leave the sport is unclear given there are no front running seats left on offer.
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