Aussie urged to stay at Red Bull

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

DANIEL Ric­cia­rdo has been urged to re­sist the lure of a dreamteam pair­ing along­side Lewis Hamil­ton at Mercedes and in­stead fight for world cham­pi­onships with Red Bull.

Aussie Ric­cia­rdo, who is out of con­tract with the Mil­ton Keynes out­fit at the end of the sea­son, de­liv­ered an over­tak­ing mas­ter­class to win in China on Sun­day and stamp his au­thor­ity on this sea­son’s ti­tle fight.

Valt­teri Bot­tas is on only a one-year deal at Mercedes, and Ric­cia­rdo, 28, has made no se­cret of want­ing to team up with Hamil­ton dur­ing his ca­reer. Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is also on the record as be­ing a huge ad­mirer of the Aus­tralian.

Fer­rari could also be an op­tion for Ric­cia­rdo in 2019 with Kimi Raikko­nen’s fu­ture in doubt.

How­ever, Red Bull team prin­ci­pal Chris­tian Horner has not only called on Ric­cia­rdo to stay put, but ques­tioned why he would want to leave a team seem­ingly head­ing on an up­ward tra­jec­tory.

“Daniel is happy in our en­vi­ron­ment so if we can pro­vide a car like we did in China, then why would he want to be any­where else?” Horner said.

“We have a very quick car which we have demon­strated.

“Daniel is a very rounded driver and he is ab­so­lutely at the top of his game and has been for the last cou­ple of years.”

There were some con­trast­ing for­tunes on the op­pos­ing side of the Red Bull garage in Shang­hai af­ter Max Ver­stap­pen’s ag­gres­sive driv­ing prompted fur­ther crit­i­cism.

Ver­stap­pen ran off the road in his pur­suit of Hamil­ton and then hit Se­bas­tian Vet­tel.

Mercedes’ non-ex­ec­u­tive chair­man, Niki Lauda, has led the calls for Ver­stap­pen, 20, to ad­dress his tac­tics fol­low­ing two high-pro­file col­li­sions in as many grands prix.

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