Daniel Ricciardo F1 Contract: Australian targets Red Bull 2025 seat

Daniel Ricciardo's F1 contract remains in the balance but he's confident he can keep his drive after a strong 2024 Canadian GP


Daniel Ricciardo‘s F1 contract remains an open question but he declares he’s happy to stay with RB as a Red Bull-contracted driver ahead of the 2024 Spanish Grand Prix, but only if he earns it, following a strong performance in Canada recently.

At the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, the Australian qualified within a few tenths of George Russell’s 1:12.000 pole position time before going on to convert it into eighth place on Sunday, whilst his teammate finished 14th in comparison.

It was the first time that Ricciardo finished in the points in a Grand Prix all season long as he looks to recover form after being comprehensively out-performed by Yuki Tsunoda through nine rounds of the 2024 Formula 1 season.

Yet whilst being off the pace of his teammate, who earned his own contract extension prior to the race in Montreal, Ricciardo’s F1 seat hasn’t come under significant pressure despite the highly-rated Liam Lawson waiting in the wings and the 34-year-old made it clear he doesn’t want to keep his drive for any reason other than talent.

“Canada obviously helps. I needed a result like that,” Ricciardo told members of the media, including Total-Motorsport.com. “Obviously, I would like to stay now that I’m back in that Red Bull family, I really don’t see myself anywhere else. So that’s where I would, I’d love to stay and continue.

“But I also said I think before the weekend in Canada that I obviously want to own it. I don’t just want to, ‘Yeah, okay. Stay another year.’

“I obviously want to be here because I know that I still belong here and can do performances like I did last week, so it’s also up to me just to make sure that I can keep pulling it out and in that case, then I’ll be very happy to say, ‘Alright.’”

Daniel Ricciardo on the RB pitwall during day one of 2024 F1 pre-season testing in Bahrain | Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool
Daniel Ricciardo on the RB pitwall during day one of 2024 F1 pre-season testing in Bahrain | Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Ricciardo’s friends in higher places

Ricciardo re-joined Red Bull’s organization as a test driver following the end of his F1 contract with McLaren in 2022 in the wake of two underwhelming seasons and he didn’t have to wait long before landing a drive again as he replaced Nyck de Vries at AlphaTauri.

There, the eight-time race winner impressed at the Hungarian and Belgian GPs before breaking his wrist, side-lining him until the dying embers of the season whilst Lawson got a chance to cameo.

Fortunately, he had done enough to secure his drive for 2023 and on the question of Daniel Ricciardo‘s F1 contract for 2025, it appears as though he could be safe once again after it’s reported he has the backing of Red Bull’s Christian Horner.

Ricciardo is currently protected by team principal Christian Horner,” wrote the BBC’s Andrew Benson, Chief F1 reporter. “It remains to be seen which way Red Bull go in choosing a partner for Tsunoda at what is now called RB in 2025.”

Brandon Sutton
Brandon Sutton
Brandon is an alumni of an NCTJ and BJTC Liverpool John Moores University course, and has been with Total-Motorsport.com for over a year now. He enjoys covering all forms of motorsport but particularly focuses on Formula 1, and Brandon loves to debate various topics of the sport and other interests, especially if that topic doesn't have an open/shut answer such as the GOAT debate.
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