Daniel Ricciardo has been urged to withstand the lure of a dream-team pairing alongside Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes and as an alternative combat for world championships with Purple Bull.
Ricciardo, who’s out of contract with the Milton Keynes outfit on the finish of the season, delivered an overtaking masterclass to win in China on Sunday and stamp his authority on this season’s title combat.
Valtteri Bottas is on solely a one-year deal at Mercedes, and Ricciardo, 28, has made no secret of desirous to staff up with Hamilton throughout his profession. Mercedes boss Toto Wolff can be on the document as being an enormous admirer of the Australian.
Daniel Ricciardo celebrates after taking a shock victory at Sunday’s Chinese language Grand Prix
Ferrari is also an choice for Ricciardo in 2019 with Kimi Raikkonen’s future past this yr unsure.
However Purple Bull staff principal Christian Horner has not solely referred to as on Ricciardo to remain put, however questioned why he would wish to go away a staff seemingly heading on an upward trajectory.
‘Daniel is blissful in our surroundings so if we are able to present a automotive like we did in China then why would he wish to be anyplace else?’ Horner mentioned.
‘We’ve bought a really fast automotive which we have now demonstrated.
Ricciardo has been linked with strikes to Mercedes and Ferrari in 2019 the place he might substitute fellow Chinese language podium finishers Valtteri Bottas (left) or Kimi Raikkonen (proper) respectively
‘Daniel is a really rounded driver, and he’s completely on the prime of his sport and he has been for the final couple of years. He has that stability of expertise and is among the greatest overtakers within the enterprise. His judgement is impeccable.’
There have been contrasting fortunes on the opposing facet of the Purple Bull storage in Shanghai after Max Verstappen’s aggressive driving prompted additional criticism.
Verstappen ran off the street in his pursuit of Hamilton after which collided with championship chief Sebastian Vettel.
Mercedes’ non-executive chairman, and three-time world champion Niki Lauda, has led the requires Verstappen, 20, to deal with his techniques following two high-profile collisions in as many grands prix.
However staff boss Christian Horner believes the Australian is greatest staying at Purple Bull
However whereas the Dutchman, who was given two penalty factors on his licence, mentioned he should study from his latest errors, he additionally admitted he’s unlikely to tone down his edge-of-the-seat type.
‘Possibly I shouldn’t relax, however oversee the scenario a bit extra,’ Verstappen mentioned.
‘I do not suppose I essentially have to be much less aggressive – because it has nothing to do with being overly aggressive – however perhaps I’m simply wanting it an excessive amount of.
‘I’ve been fairly good at overtaking earlier than however someway this yr, perhaps with the earlier two races not going my approach, I’ve needed to recuperate the factors and it is labored in opposition to me. After all, that is positively not what I need. It is a life lesson and I must study from what has occurred.’