Ricciardo: No concerns over Red Bull parity
20 October 2017 – Daniel Ricciardo says he has no concerns over driver parity at Red Bull moving forward, in the wake of Max Verstappen's long-term renewal.
Verstappen, amid reported interest from Mercedes and Ferrari, committed to a new three-year deal with Red Bull, keeping him at the team through 2020.
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner argued that Verstappen "is in the best place in the sport to build a team around him" as both parties push for title success.
Ricciardo, whose future remains unclear, has said that he understands the attention Verstappen receives, and is not worried about his position.
"As far as media goes, he certainly gets a lot of attention, not that I'm trying to take that away, that's just how it works," he commented.
"He's broken a lot of records for his age and things like that so... rightly so.
"Take the media [attention] out of it, as far as things inside the team go… with new parts, things like this… there are no parity issues."
Ricciardo insisted that he will remain at Red Bull next year, and has not said "no" to an extension, saying it is "quite early" to be thinking about 2019.
"It's not that I've said no to anything," he said.
"It's still quite early I think... I mean, people have talked a little bit about contracts and silly season for next year, but I thought that that would happen next year.
"It's not really got anything to do with me, but if I'm to try and extract some positives out of his news, then I think that it gives us confidence for next year.
"[Verstappen] and his management see a lot of positives in the team to continue like that.
"I'm 100 per cent here next year, I can at least say that, and I think it gives us both confidence that we will keep progressing in the way that we are."
Ricciardo finished the opening day of practice for the United States Grand Prix in fifth position, three places and four-tenths down on Verstappen.