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Red Bull racing close to new Ricciardo deal for 2019 – Horner

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Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner has admitted that the Milton Keynes based squad is getting close to re-signing Daniel Ricciardo for 2019 Formula One season.

Previous, the Australian was playing with a switch to Ferrari or Mercedes, and even weighing up a reported mega offer from McLaren.

But, Horner told Austria’s ORF broadcaster: “We have reached a point where we both want to continue. The team and him.

“It’s only a matter of time until we’ve gone over all the details and come to an agreement,” he added.

Horner said it’s obvious that Mercedes in particular flirted with signing Ricciardo.

“I believe he had an offer that potentially interested him,” Horner said.

“He is impatient and wants to race for the world championship. That’s why he was looking around, but I think Ferrari and Mercedes are not changing their teams now.”

And he said Ricciardo is quite enthused about Red Bull’s switch to fully works Honda power.

“One of things we’ve told him is where we want to go with the new engines,” said Horner.

“He understands our decision. Hopefully, unless Lewis Hamilton ends his career at Silverstone, everything else will be a formality.”

I might steal British GP podium from Hamilton

Daniel Ricciardo is targeting to take top podium finish for British Grand Prix, the Australian is a great fan of Silverstone circuit and this race weekend smash with England’s thrilling World Cup quarter-final clash against Sweden on Saturday evening.

“I’ve had a podium there but never a win, I might steal it from Lewis Hamilton,” Ricciardo said.

“He has a pretty good home record, but I’ll try and get one back on the English, they are doing a bit too well in sport at the moment!”

“My first ever F1 race was at Silverstone so it’s always a special one for me. I’ve always loved the circuit – it’s high speed, flowing and beautiful. Copse is flat and then into Maggots and Becketts is just epic, I’m genuinely so excited about this race.”

“It’s gonna be, full, full, lift, downshift and back to full, it’s gonna be sick. I don’t always love the weather but you win some, you lose some.

“It also has one of the most loyal and patriotic crowds and the place is rich in motorsport history. The Australian added

“I had a fun race there last year coming from the back and through the field to fifth, it’s always been a pretty happy hunting ground for me.”

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