Ricciardo is off contract at the end of 2019 and clouding the situation is reports that Renault will end its association building engines for Red Bull at the same time.
Red Bull are expected to announce today that their current relationship with Renault, which has run since 2007, will end after the 2018 season - they have already confirmed that Toro Rosso will not use Renault next year. Finally, after hearing all the problems and complaints by Horner and the Red Bull Racing team altogether, Renault chose to make the first move and not renew the contract past the end of next season.
If the split between Red Bull and Renault pushes through, Red Bull would be left no other options but to sign a deal with Honda as other engine suppliers are unlikely to provide them with power units.
The folks at Red Bull chose to set the both of them up in a durian contest of sorts.
The popular Aussie has had a frustrating season to date, including a flop due to mechanical failure in Melbourne and a massive grid penalty in Italy for a number of changes to his vehicle, which could ultimately impact his future at Red Bull.
"I think next year I put everything I can into it, as I have and always do, and then assess where it's all going, and what it looks like and make up my mind by the middle of next year". There will be further developments with that but that doesn't relate to the engine. As a member of the FIA manufacturers' commission, Porsche is involved in the discussion about future power train strategies for F1 from 2021 onwards.
"Aston Martin can't come in now but it is something they are considering for 2021".
"Dietrich wants the team to be competitive".