German magazine Sport Bild is reporting that Daniel Ricciardo has been offered a 20 million USD contract at McLaren, in a move that could see the Australian replace Fernando Alonso for 2019.
At the end of the 2018 season, Ricciardo will be out of contract at Red Bull and the Australian’s future is still currently undecided.
Other sources have indicated Ricciardo’s current salary at Red Bull is a mere 6 million USD, less than half of McLaren’s offer.
It’s understood by Sport Bild that McLaren can afford to make the huge offer for Ricciardo because he’ll replace Fernando Alonso, who has shown interest in leaving Formula 1 to take up a full-time seat in Indycar.
“Our Daniel Ricciardo is the king of the market,” said Red Bull’s Helmut Marko, who believes Ricciardo should stay at Red Bull as he’ll be a No. 2 driver anywhere else.
There have been no comments so far from McLaren, Red Bull or Daniel Ricciardo.
The teams are preparing for the French Grand Prix this weekend, a race Pirelli says could be hard on the tyres due to the unusually hot climate that surrounds Circuit Paul Ricard.
It’s the first time the French Grand Prix has been held at Paul Ricard since 1990.