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Ricciardo: Possible Abu Dhabi announcement

Daniel Ricciardo has reported that Red Bull are close to announcing their 2016 engine partner and that it could happen as early as next week.

Red Bull are currently without a confirmed engine supplier for next year’s championship after deciding to drop Renault.

But with Mercedes saying no and Ferrari only offering year-old power units, Red Bull’s engine crisis has dominated headlines of late.

Ricciardo, though, says an announcement could be made in the coming week.

“I’m guessing, but I would say around Abu Dhabi,” he told GPUpdate.net.

“There should be some news by the last race of the year. I won’t promise anything, but hopefully in the next week you guys [the media] will know something.”

He added: “Obviously it was dragging on a bit, but now that the team’s confirmed that it will be on the grid, I know that I’ve got a job for next year, so that’s already a good thing.

“Quite a few suppliers have turned us down, which is a bit of a shame. But you see their reasons; I think we’ve got a pretty good chassis, so they’re a little bit scared, or whatever.

“We’ll take what we can for now and see what happens for 2016.”

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