Daniel Ricciardo wants two-year deal instead of 4 because of F1 uncertainty
LONDON: Daniel Ricciardo says he does not want his next Formula One contract to tie him down for the next four years due to the uncertainty over the sport's future and instead wants to sign a two-year deal.
The 28-year-old Australian, winner in China on April 15 and one of the hottest properties on the market, is out of contract with Red Bull at the end of the year.
"I don't want to sign anything too long because I don't know where the sport's going," The Times newspaper quoted him as saying on Wednesday (April 18).
"I feel like life is happening pretty fast. Each year something might change so I
don't want to tie myself down for four more years and then I'm like, 'I don't want to do this any more'.
"Ideally I'd sign a two-year contract. I think two years I can definitely be comfortable with and then see it from there," he added. "That third year will be the rule change so I will probably wait and see what happens then."
Formula One's current engine regulations last only to the end of 2020, when team agreements also expire, and the sport is deciding how the future should look and what kind of engines will be used.
Ferrari have already warned that they could walk away if they do not like what is on offer.
Red Bull could have a new engine partner as early as next season, with the team weighing up whether to stay with Renault or switch to the improving Honda units used by their Toro Rosso team.
Mercedes have yet to announce a new deal for four-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, who is also out of contract at the end of this season and has said he wants to see what the future holds before committing.