Daniel Ricciardo’s suggestions that Red Bull throw their full weight behind his title bid are likely to fall on deaf ears.
The gap between Ricciardo and Championship pacesetter Nico Rosberg increased to 72 points on Sunday after the Australian finished fourth at Monza compared to the Mercedes driver’s P2.
After the race Ricciardo said that it is time for Red Bull to decide if they are going to challenge Mercedes for the title and back one driver to do so.
“My lead is around 60 points over Seb [Vettel], ” he told BBC Sport.
“I would love to be quicker on merit and not need team orders, but the next couple of tracks are perfect for us so if we need to make any decisions if we can challenge Mercedes for the title then I am sure they will be made.”
However, if team principal Christian Horner’s comments are anything to go by then Ricciardo won’t receive extra help from the team despite his big points lead over team-mate Sebastian Vettel.
“The points difference between Daniel and the two Mercedes is enormous, so it doesn’t make sense for us to interfere with the two drivers racing,” he is quoted as saying in The Telegraph. “So it’s down to what they do on track and that’s how they raced today.”