Horner: "Red Bull could replace Ricciardo with Sainz"

  • 15 Mar 2018 13:26
  • comments 12
  • By: Rob Veenstra

Red Bull has Carlos Sainz waiting in the wings if talks with Daniel Ricciardo break down. That is the warning made by team boss Christian Horner, amid reports Red Bull has set Australian Ricciardo a deadline to commit to Red Bull beyond 2018.

"Our intention is to have him with us in the future," Horner told CNN. "But if that isn't possible, we have other good alternatives. We have good drivers in the junior programme and although he's with Renault now, we still have Carlos Sainz under contract," he added.

Horner also said Lewis Hamilton might be an outside chance for a Red Bull seat. "Lewis' contract also expires," he said. "It's hard to see him leaving Mercedes, but we never say never." (GMM)

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  • Hepp

    Posts: 198

    A typical "Politician's" answer, nothing defined , covers his ass. I would rather see Jr. and Hulk together for three more years at Renault and let Christian fish the Red Bull(shit) juniors pond.

    • + 0
    • Mar 15 2018 - 13:43
    • Hepp

      Posts: 198

      That way Dr.Helmuttonhead can take the credit for justifying Christian's salary.

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      • Mar 15 2018 - 13:47
    • Well, thats business people for you. Some even believe we dont notice them... Its equally adorable every time. Tis almost so cute that I've multiple times wanted to grab Abiteboul and Randy Pitchford (CEO for game publisher Gearbox) by the cheeks and say "oh you" when they've blubbered out yet another nonsensical sentence.

      • + 1
      • Mar 15 2018 - 17:13
    • If Hulk not outperform Sainz and gets a podium this year he will for sure not be retained again. He was never their first choice but it will be interesting to follow.

      • + 0
      • Mar 15 2018 - 22:27
    • Don't worry: Hülkenberg will outperform Sainz jr. definitively. Carlos' just not good enough.

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      • Mar 16 2018 - 16:44
  • mcbhargav

    Posts: 886

    Sainz is good. Is he Ricciardo good? 2018 will answer. But, he is not Verstappen good, Redbull knew it in 2016.

    • + 0
    • Mar 15 2018 - 17:01
    • Except we dont know if he is Verstappen good. For all we know, Red Bull had two equally good drivers, and just plucked a stick.

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      • Mar 15 2018 - 17:17
    • boudy

      Posts: 1,066

      He's not Verstappen good. Too inconsistent and prone to mistakes. Still needs to improve to be worthy of redbull drive hence he's parked at Renault. If Ricciardo stays he won't get Redbull drive.

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      • Mar 15 2018 - 21:09
    • We dont really know anymore if he is Ves good, because he hasnt been in a car thats equal to what Ves is driving.

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      • Mar 16 2018 - 06:07
  • Kean

    Posts: 474

    I like Sainz, don't really care for Red Bull or their driver policy. I hope Sainz manages to secure that Renault seat properly and get away from the clutches of Helmut.

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    • Mar 15 2018 - 20:36
  • RacetoWin

    Posts: 95

    the Hulk will probably outshine and outrace Sainz again this season.

    the most underrated driver on the grid is nico hulkenberg.

    Red Bull would be better off selling the SAinz contract and inserting another development driver or just retaining Riccardo.

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    • Mar 16 2018 - 21:11
  • mcbhargav

    Posts: 886

    "could replace". But would it?

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    • Mar 16 2018 - 22:31

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