Helmut Marko, head of Red Bull’s driver development program, has suggested that the team is open to Daniel Ricciardo returning to the Milton Keynes-based constructor.
“Ways back can always be found, but the circumstances have to be right,” Marko said, commenting on the prospect of a Ricciardo-Red Bull reunion.
He also accepted that a Verstappen-Ricciardo driver line-up would mean both of their drivers are of equal talent, unlike the current pairing of Alex Albon and Max Verstappen.
“We are second with Albon in the World Championship. With Ricciardo that would have been exactly the same.
“What is true is that we would have had two drivers with equal skills. And it’s also more fun with Ricciardo.”
Earlier this year, the Australian driver said in an interview with Formula1.com that he wouldn’t rule out a return to the team.
Ricciardo left Red Bull for Renault at the end of the 2018 Formula 1 season. He will leave the French works team at the end of this year to partner Lando Norris at Mclaren.
Earlier this week, amid speculation that Albon could lose his drive at Red Bull, Marko said Alex Albon’s seat would be safe so long as he keeps developing as a driver.
He also admitted that he “looked stupid” at the Spanish Grand Prix, but blamed this on his race engineer.
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