Red Bull Issue Ricciardo Ultimatum

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Ricciardo, out of contract at the end of the season, has yet to commit his future to Red Bull and, amid links with Ferrari and Mercedes, said his Chinese GP win would not be enough in isolation to convince him to stay.

Australian star Ricciardo, victor of the Chinese Grand Prix earlier this month and victorious in last year's Azerbaijan Grand Prix, insisted that he has held talks on his future only with Red Bull.

Ricciardo's ties to Red Bull go back a decade and the company supported him through his junior career. The Red Bull boss' demands follow revelations the 28-year-old has been in negotiations with Italian giants Ferrari.

"I think through the media as well, everyone is aware they [Red Bull] are interested in keeping me".

"We can observe how they develop".

"I'm aware of other reports, but there hasn't been anything else, so they're not true", said Ricciardo, victor in China two weeks ago and of last year's chaotic Baku race. Red Bull has given the Australian driver until August to decide on whether to accept its offer of an extension, amid links to Ferrari and reigning world champions Mercedes.

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Asked if Lewis Hamilton's shock move from McLaren to Mercedes for 2013 caused curiosity were he to make similarly controversial move, Ricciardo replied: "Curiosity will not overcome the fact in terms of what options I will have and which vehicle will be the fastest, which is obviously top of my list".

"I have every plan to be with the team for the future", Hamilton said.

"I'd love to obviously be challenged against the best and Lewis is obviously up there", the Australian said Thursday.

"I wouldn't just go somewhere else for a change, if I did move on it'll be something that'll potentially be better".

"So I guess for that reason I feel like I can see until the summer what's happening". But at some point you've got to weigh up what does what, regardless, there will always be something. "I'll always show love nonetheless!" That doesn't mean that where I am now is not that place, but I think that's why I'm trying to take my time with it. "The most obvious is Carlos Sainz. I don't feel I need to push anything until then".

"I don't want to sign anything too long because I don't know where the sport's going", he told The Times.

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