Ricciardo denies speaking to Ferrari about 2019 deal

Horner warns Ricciardo off Ferrari switch

"That's not true, I can say that", Ricciardo clarified at Thursday's media conference ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Ricciardo, though, insists he has not spoken with anyone but Red Bull about 2019.

These included a 'road rage" incident involving Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton after the German accused the Briton of "brake-testing' him.

Earlier this week a report emerged claiming that Ricciardo had signed an agreement with Ferrari regarding talks for next year's championship.

"I think through the media as well, everyone is aware they [Red Bull] are interested in keeping me".

The Australian wants to keep his options open for as long as possible as he waits to see which vehicle will give him the best title-winning opportunity, but Red Bull say they need to know his plans sooner rather than later. "Even already a year ago we have been pretty open with each other, and I think through the media everyone is aware that they are interested in keeping me".

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Asked if he would be happy to be in the same team as Lewis Hamilton, he replied: "Obviously, I'd love to be challenged against the best and Lewis is arguably up there, so that would be a good challenge".

Alongside speculation of a Ferrari move, reigning champion Mercedes has also been suggested as a possible destination for Ricciardo in 2019.

The Australian is now in talks with Red Bull over extending his stay at the UK-based team. It is alleged that driver and team have agreed not to negotiate with other parties until June 30, with money changing hands as part of the accord.

As of the start of this season, Honda are powering Red Bull junior team Toro Rosso and have shown vast improvements compared to their time with McLaren.

"At some point, you have just got to weigh up what does what, but regardless there will always be something". "It doesn't mean where I am now is not that place, but I think that's why I'm trying to take my time with it is because it's still too early. I'm obviously super aware and invested in what I want and where I see myself, but a far as the real, in-depth talks and all that, it's best for me not to really focus on that too much". "I don't feel I need to push anything until then". It's a long time and they really set it all up for me to make this happen.

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