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Red Bull team chief Horner feels confident about keeping Ricciardo

Austin: Red Bull team chief Christian Horner on Saturday made it clear that he is determined to retain Australian Daniel Ricciardo alongside Max Verstappen beyond 2018. One day after the team confirmed Verstappen, 20, had signed a new three-year deal to run until 2020, Horner stressed that Red Bull had no intention of giving Ricciardo a supporting role. He also rejected suggestions that Ricciardo would gain from a switch to join Mercedes or Ferrari in a bid to win the world championship. The Australian said on Friday that he was in no hurry to decide his future — his contract runs to the end of 2018 — but would relish a chance to race with three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton. Horner, however, said he was confident that Ricciardo will stay with Red Bull providing they can build a competitive race-winning car. "Time will tell," said Horner. "Daniel is very happy within the team. If we can provide a competitive car, then I've got every confidence that he will be here in the future."
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