Horner expects Ricciardo new deal soon

With Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes renewal now official, Christian Horner believes Red Bull will shortly agree terms with Daniel Ricciardo.

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Christian Horner expects Daniel Ricciardo to sign a new deal with Red Bull pretty quickly.

Red Bull team principal Horner had previously suggested the delay in the announcement of Hamilton's new deal with Mercedes was holding up other contracts.

Hamilton's deal for the next two seasons was announced on Thursday, with Mercedes then confirming on Friday that his team-mate Valtteri Bottas has agreed to remain with them for at least another year.

And, speaking to Autosport, Horner said: "I think now that Lewis Hamilton's announcement has been made you'll see everything run pretty quickly.

"We're aiming to have things finalised by the summer break. It will be good to go into the break with everything sorted."

Asked if money was the primary stumbling block in the Ricciardo negotiations, Horner replied: "No, no. We've got two great drivers, and they both contribute exceptionally well to the team.

"We're very keen to retain the same line-up for the future."

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