Daniel Ricciardo says he doesn’t expect Max Verstappen to receive any preferential treatment from Red Bull, despite the Dutchman committing his long-term future to the team.
Red Bull announced on Friday that Verstappen will remain with the Milton Keynes-based squad until the end of 2020, with team principal Christian Horner saying that the 20-year-old was “in the best place in the sport to build a team around him.”
Ricciardo, however, dismissed the importance of Horner’s language, and comments from Red Bull's motorsport supremo Helmut Marko, who later added that the team’s ambition was to make Verstappen the youngest champion in F1 history.
“For sure as far as media goes [Max] certainly gets a lot of attention,” said the Australian, who has yet to sign a new deal with Red Bull.
“As far as taking the media out of it, as far as what’s happening inside the team, new parts on the car and things like this, there’s always been parity and equality. As far as I’m concerned it’s a bit of media stuff and not anything internal, so that’s fine, I have no concern with that.”
Speaking to UK broadcasters Sky Sports, Marko revealed that Verstappen himself had instigated his new contract.