Daniel Ricciardo gets Red Bull F1 chiefs' reassurance over 2016

Daniel Ricciardo says Red Bull Formula 1 chiefs have reassured him the team will find a lifeline amid its current lack of a 2016 engine deal

Daniel Ricciardo gets Red Bull F1 chiefs' reassurance over 2016

Following Red Bull's decision to split from power-unit Renault at the end of the year, it has suggested over recent days that unless it receives a competitive engine from 2016 then it will pull out of F1, along with sister team Toro Rosso.

With Mercedes refusing to supply, Red Bull's only option is Ferrari, although the Scuderia's chairman Sergio Marchionne has expressed concerns to F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone about doing so.

Ricciardo confirmed he had sought assurances from team principal Christian Horner and advisor Helmut Marko

"They're confident we'll figure it out one way or another," said the Australian.

"Obviously it's in our interest to try and get the best. We want to win as well, so that's what we are trying to get.

"I haven't broken [owner] Dietrich's [Mateschitz] balls yet, I'm sure he's got a lot on his plate.

"I'll let him do what he needs to, and if it gets later into the year and still nothing has come then I'll maybe make a little bit of noise.

"But honestly I don't feel it will get to that."

On the possibility of being without an F1 drive for 2016 if Red Bull quits, Ricciardo initially joked "I'm too young to have a year off!", then added "right now I'm not concerned. I'm more curious to see what happens.

"It's still only September - don't get me wrong, the sooner we have an answer the better - we're not in November, December yet.

"When it starts getting towards that part of the year then you've got to start really deciding what's going to happen.

"But it's still early and I'm confident we'll get what we're after."

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