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McLaren confirm Ricciardo on radar, Alonso undecided his F1 future

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McLaren confirmed their attention in a deal with Daniel Ricciardo for the 2019 F1 season but Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner is very optimistic, and expressing the Australian re-signs with the Austrian owned team.

Recent reports suggested the McLaren team were keen on hiring the Red Bull driver, who will be out of contract with his current employers at the end of the 2018 campaign. He is yet to make a decision on his next goal, but reports suggested McLaren had made a $20m-a-year offer.

McLaren director Eric Boullier confirmed during the team bosses press conference Thursday they are interested in signing Ricciardo, but admitted there was nothing concrete on the table at the moment.

“We love Daniel,” Boullier said at the French GP, as quoted by Sky Sports. “I’ve personally known him for many years, and he’s doing a good job for Red Bull.

“As long as a driver of that calibre is on the market, obviously you look if there is any discussion possible. … At this time of the year it’s still too early to talk about the line-up in the future, so it’s just a normal, gentle discussion.”

Alonso still has to make a decision

McLaren racing Zak Brown has admitted that Fernando Alonso might not race an orange car in formula one next year.

Spaniard Alonso won Le Mans recently, and he now wants victory at the Indy 500 to complete the elusive ‘triple crown’.

At the same time, he is obviously disenchanted with his lack of a competitive car and the overall situation in formula one.

“Fernando still has to make a decision,” Brown, the McLaren executive, said at Paul Ricard.

“We have a very good relationship with him, he has been with us for quite a long time now and ultimately it depends on what and where we will compete and how our F1 car develops,” he said.

“I’m optimistic that Fernando will stay in the family and in the formula one car,” he added.

“As long as he feels we can take a step forward, I think F1 is something he would like to continue doing.”

McLaren, though, had a dire weekend in France and was among the slowest cars in the field.

“It was our worst performances of the season and I hope an isolated case,” said team boss Eric Boullier.

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