Daniel Ricciardo is unconcerned about Red Bull’s future in Formula 1 despite the team’s lack of engine contract for the 2016 season.
Throughout 2015, Red Bull has struggled to fight at the front of the field due to the shortcomings of its Renault power unit, prompting the team to terminate its agreement with the French manufacturer at the end of the season.
As a result, Red Bull and B-team Toro Rosso are without an engine deal for 2016, with Ferrari being the only possible partner after Mercedes rejected working with the energy drinks giant.
Team advisor Helmut Marko has said that unless Red Bull can secure a competitive power unit for 2016, it will quit the sport and make good on a threat that has been made on numerous occasions this year.
Speaking to Sky Sports News in the UK, Ricciardo said that he did not think such drastic action would need to be taken, believing that a deal would be agreed soon to keep Red Bull in the sport.
When asked if he was concerned by the situation, Ricciardo said: “I’m not to be honest. We’ve got a situation that we need to resolve, but the way I see it we’ve still got time on our side.
“I think there is enough desire in the team to be on the grid in a competitive way, so I’m faithful we will find a way not only to be on the grid, but to be competitive. That’s really what we want.”
Red Bull’s position has become increasingly precarious over the past few weeks since it agreed to split with Renault.
Mercedes’ refusal to supply its teams for fear of increased competition and Volkswagen’s shift away from an F1 entry due to its emissions scandal have left Ferrari as the only realistic supplier, but the demand for power units on a par with that of the Italian marque’s works team could prove hard to satisfy.