Daniel Ricciardo expecting ‘badass’ F1 silly season in 2016

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Daniel Ricciardo believes that the upcoming Formula 1 silly season will be one of the most turbulent in years, calling it “badass”.

The majority of the F1 grid is thought to be out of contract for 2017 with the exception of Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes and Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari, setting the tone for a mixed-up driver market and plenty of possible moves over the winter.

‘Silly season’ usually kicks off in the summer months as drivers begin to firm up their contracts for the following year, and Ricciardo believes that this year’s could be one of the most entertaining in years.

“It’s going to be badass, yeah!” Ricciardo said when asked by MotorSportsTalk about silly season.

“I just get excited about all the hype and the rumors and all of that, it’s funny. I could start one. I shouldn’t. I already speak too honestly already. I don’t want to bulls**t.”

Ricciardo himself is thought to be out of contract at the end of the year and has previously been linked with a move to Ferrari, but remained coy when asked if he’d be looking to sew up his future sooner rather than later.

“It is interesting, a lot of drivers are out of contract at the end of the year,” Ricciardo said. “It’s not only that, it’s some potential big rule changes for 2017. The next question is who’s going to be the seat that everyone wants.

“Is it going to be one at Mercedes, or is it time for another team to step up and be successful? It’s going to be pretty interesting. There are going to be lots of names thrown around.

“I don’t think it’s going to be as easy as saying ‘I’m jumping in that, I’m doing that’. It’s going to be let’s weigh it up, let’s see who’s going to be competitive in ’17 and ’18, because most likely whoever signs contracts it’s not just going to be one year.

“There’s a lot that goes around the silly season, but it’s fun. I haven’t really ever been that involved in it, I’ve had a pretty stable long-term contract with Red Bull, but it’s exciting knowing what goes on in the sport. It’s cool.”