during previews ahead of the European Formula One Grand Prix at Baku City Circuit on June 16, 2016 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Daniel Ricciardo is believed to have extended his contract with Red Bull until 2018 after backing the team to challenge for the F1 title next season.

After blaming the team for the tactical errors which cost him victory in Monaco and Spain, the Australian warned Red Bull at last week’s Canadian GP he would leave unless they supplied him with a title-winning package.

However, it is understood Red Bull have now exercised their option on Ricciardo, tying the 26-year-old to the former world champions for at least another two-and-a-half years.

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