Horner: Ricciardo contracted to Red Bull for 2017

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Christian Horner has confirmed that Daniel Ricciardo remains under contract with Red Bull Racing for the 2017 Formula 1 season amid speculation of a possible move to Ferrari.

1980 F1 world champion Alan Jones said last week that Ferrari should drop Kimi Raikkonen for 2017 and sign Ricciardo, linking him back up with former Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel.

Ricciardo remained coy when asked about Jones’ comments in Australia last week, and said he was “not exactly out of contract either”.

Horner said that Ricciardo was correct, confirming that he remains contracted to Red Bull for the 2017 season, but had little more to add.

“He’s under contract, so I think he was pretty accurate with his comment,” Horner said.

“Red Bull invests in these guys at a young age, they develop them, they give them the opportunity through the Junior team and Toro Rosso. Sebastian Vettel was a prime example of that.

“Daniel Ricciardo is doing an excellent job, Dany Kvyat and the two exciting talents we obviously have in Toro Rosso.

“The contractual situation we have with Daniel Ricciardo is extremely clear. How long? That’s confidential.”

The upcoming ‘silly season’ is poised to be one of the most volatile in years, with the majority of drivers on the grid being out of contract.

Ricciardo himself said last month that it would be “badass”, but it seems unlikely that he will be part of it himself in light of Horner’s comments.