Daniel Ricciardo is going to re-sign, Red Bull says.
Daniel Ricciardo is going to re-sign, Red Bull says.

Red Bull scolds rival for Ricciardo hindrance

RED Bull boss Christian Horner has told Mercedes chief Toto Wolff to hurry up and get Lewis Hamilton to sign his new contract.

Hamilton is stalling over a two-year deal worth a whopping $70 million (£40 million) per year.

And rival Red Bull boss Horner is frustrated because his driver Daniel Ricciardo will not commit his future until Hamilton makes up his mind, The Sun reports.

Horner said: "The whole driver market is waiting for Toto's driver to kick that off.

"As soon as Toto signs his contract that will cascade. It's all down to Toto, really.

"I'm hoping at Silverstone he'll finally get his finger out and sign a contract. He's worth every penny."

It comes as Sky Sports quoted Horner again declaring he expects his team to re-sign Ricciardo before the sport's European summer break after the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 29.

"Things are progressing well with Daniel," he said.

"I certainly expect it to be concluded before the summer break.

"Our intention is to retain both drivers and I'm sure over the next couple of weeks, hopefully we'll be entering the finishing straight."

Hamilton - with £500,000 worth of new parts on his Mercedes, plus a new engine - was again fastest in practice ahead of Sunday's Austrian Grand Prix.

Teammates again. Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen. Picture: Mark Thompson/Getty Images
Teammates again. Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen. Picture: Mark Thompson/Getty Images

The Brit leads the drivers' championship by 14 points from Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel after last week's win in France.

Hamilton, 33, said: "So far it's been pretty straightforward.

"The car feels better in certain areas and it was already great last week - I'd like more of it please!"

Hamilton also launched another pop at boring F1 and the lack of overtaking opportunities.

He said: "Position on the grid is proving more and more crucial because it is harder for us to overtake.

"Here, they have gone from one, to two and now three DRS zones to try and make racing more exciting - because it hasn't been.

"It highlights there are fundamental things that need to improve for the future."

McLaren's dreadful season continued with Fernando Alonso two seconds slower than Hamilton.

The Woking-based team had to fend off claims of a staff revolt in protest at management and landed an £8800 fine after Stoffel Vandoorne drove out of the garage - into the path of Vettel's Ferrari.

- This story originally appeared on thesun.co.uk


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