F1: Red Bull needs the best engine it can get, says Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing speaks with members of the media in the paddock during previews to the Formula One Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit on Sept. 17, 2015 in Singapore.

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Daniel Ricciardo says performance is the only thing that matters as Red Bull tries to finalize its engine plans for next year.

With the Renault deal set to end and the prospect of a Mercedes supply having receded, Red Bull’s only option is Ferrari.

“My preference is whatever’s fastest!” said Ricciardo. “At the moment with the badge it doesn’t change. People say Mercedes, Ferrari, what would it be? Whatever gives us a better chance of victory is what I want. We’ll see what happens.

“As I said it doesn’t change much. If it gives us a better chance to win, I don’t really care what it is at this stage. The talks have gone on so long, and obviously we’ve had a pretty challenging year right now, not only me as a driver but as a team we want something that’s going to see us on the podium more often, and something that gives us what we deserve as a group.”

Ricciardo said that his own Italian roots didn’t make any difference to any future link with Ferrari.

“It’s probably like putting a toe over the line! To get my real Italian heritage out you’d have to race for them, otherwise it probably means the same as me racing here with a Renault. I don’t expect that to change too much.”

Ricciardo is confident that a better engine will make a difference.

“I’m sure we’d be closer. Some races we’ve been close to Merc – close enough to think that if we had another engine we might be there – then other races, when they are one a half seconds in front, it’s hard to say an engine is going to give us all that. There’s always a question mark, what else comes with more power? Do you have more recovery at your disposal to use? We’ll see. Time will tell. In April next year we’ll see the real deal, and whatever we’ve got, we’ll see if it works.”

Regarding the end of the Renault deal he added: “Obviously I’ll be as straight as I can. We expected this year to be better, not only performance but also reliability. This year was more challenging than we’d hoped. Again you’d hope that moving forward whatever happens in ’16 we don’t struggle as much as we did this year.”

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