The rumour mill is stirring and we’re not sure what to believe.
Earlier this year, Australian native Daniel Ricciardo jumped ship from Red Bull to Renault as he looks continue his blazing career in the Formula One circuit. But despite a slower start to the season, it appears that the 30-year-old is on another wish list – more specifically, Ferrari.
Joining Finland’s Valtteri Bottas, a new report suggests that the two drivers could potentially replace current ambassador Sebastian Vettel amid rumours he is set to retire.
“I love driving, I love the sensation of speed, and I love fighting these guys,” Vettel told the Times UK. “There are a lot of things I like at the moment and things I would miss, so that is why it is not an option to quit tomorrow. But the contract is just a piece of paper. We will see what happens.”
While his departure remains to be seen, Ferrari has reportedly sent out feelers to the respective camps. Ricciardo’s contract with Renault expires at the end of the 2020 season but a clause within the document suggests he can leave early if offered a contract from Mercedes or Ferrari.
Though it is unikely that Ricciardo will leave, Bottas is now a free agent after Mercedes failed to pick him up by the June 30 deadline. A final answer from Mercedes will be given “by the end of August”, but in the meantime no major movements are expected. But as always, stay tuned. This is a developing story.