Red Bull to keep Kvyat and Ricciardo

Red Bull Racing is aiming to keep Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat for the 2016 F1 season.

Despite success against former teammate Sebastian Vettel last year, Ricciardo has struggled to best Kvyat, who scored the team’s best result this season in Hungary and is six points ahead of the Aussie in the championship standings.

Team boss Christian Horner is keen to maintaining the current lineup together for years to come.

“I don’t see any reason to change [the driver line-up],” said Horner. “We don’t have to be in any rush to make a decision but both the drivers are on long term contracts and it’s a successful partnership.”

It isn’t surprising that Horner wants to keep the team together as much as possible after enduring perhaps the roughest offseason in the team’s existence with four-time champion Vettel, the face of the team for many seasons, left for Ferrari, along with chief technical officer Adrian Newey decided to step away from day-to-day activity and head of aerodynamics Peter Prodromou left for McLaren at the end of last season.

With several of the engineers being thrown into the fire from the start of the season, Horner believes the team is finally starting to find itself once more.

“It’s evolution. In any team or business you have to keep evolving, it can’t stay static forever. I think the drivers we’ve got are a very strong pairing, I’m very happy with them. Adrian is still very much involved, in a slightly different manner. We have new talent that is emerging and like in any business, it has to continue to evolve. We’re going through that process of evolution.”

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Joey Barnes is the Founder of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.

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