'That's not true' - Ricciardo dismisses talk of pre-agreed contract with Ferrari

A quick look back at an eventful and entertaining Azerbaijan Grand Prix from 2017

A quick look back at an eventful and entertaining Azerbaijan Grand Prix from 2017

If Ricciardo does not reach a deal with Ferrari, he has also been linked with Mercedes and a week ago he won in China with the team that groomed him, Red Bull.

The Australian had so far only talked about his future with Red Bull, he told reporters in Baku on Thursday ahead of Sunday's Azerbaijan Grand Prix. "At Red Bull there's always been really good clarity and I would say fairness, since 2014, since I've been there".

These included a 'road rage" incident involving Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton after the German accused the Briton of "brake-testing' him.

Daniel Ricciardo has made it clear that reports suggesting he has an agreement to move to Ferrari next season are "not true".

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"It's a long time and they really set it all up for me to let this all happen", he said.

"We've had some talks regarding that obviously, I'm aware of other reports, but there hasn't been anything else, they're not true". Ricciardo will be out of contact at the end of this season as will be Kimi Raikkonen, who is team-mate to Vettel. Realistically, we need to win more than just once in the season to fight for a title, so that's why I'm going to take my time.

Rumours have linked Ricciardo with both Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport and Scuderia Ferrari as a possible replacement for Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen, although Ricciardo has expressed a desire to stay put...if Red Bull can provide a worthy auto.

Sainz, who impressed next to Ricciardo's team-mate Max Verstappen at Toro Rosso, is on a one-year loan at Renault while Pierre Gasly has started the season in impressive form at the junior team.

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"I wouldn't just go somewhere else for a change, if I did move on it'll be something that'll potentially be better".

"So for that reason I feel I can wait until the summer".

Ricciardo is free of his contract at Red Bull after 2018, and with Ferrari's stronger record (since 2015), Maranello looks ready to knock Mercedes off the throne. At some point, obviously you have to weigh up what does what.

"At the moment what I'm chasing is to try and be world champion". "It doesn't mean where I am now is not that place, but I think that's why I'm trying to take my time with it is because it's still too early". "The most obvious is Carlos Sainz".

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"I would love to be challenged against the best and Lewis (Hamilton) is arguably up there, so that would be a good challenge".

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