AUSTIN, Texas – Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo is still unsure what Red Bull will do for 2016, as a resolution is yet to be sorted regarding the team’s engine situation.
Still, the Australian fully expects he’ll be racing next year; it’s just a question of how competitive he will be.
“Not much has changed. I’m still not confirmed with anything. But I’m still confident I’ll be racing,” Ricciardo told assembled reporters during today’s FIA Press Conference.
“The question is, ‘Will we be here and be competitive?’ The concern is will we be competitive? We want to be competitive again.”
Ricciardo said the car hasn’t been too bad this year, just regularly down on single-lap pace in qualifying.
“It’s not a massive gap. But we’re still down a chunk,” he said.
“The car has been good. It’s just in qualifying we don’t have the one-lap pace. But if we’re not there on pace, maybe the rain will help.”
Ricciardo enters Austin fresh off his famous “Wolverine” look last year, and scored a podium here when he came third behind the Mercedes AMG Petronas teammates despite starting fifth.
He showed up today with similarly detailed “Wolverine” chops, coupled with a goatee, for the press conference (photo to come later). And he’s been busy soaking up the city – even getting a tattoo on Wednesday.
The shenanigans are present on Ricciardo’s should-be-award-winning Instagram page. Here’s the video of him getting his tattoo: