Daniel Ricciardo has supported the likely move to Renault engines for McLaren…or any other engine apart from Honda for that matter.
The McLaren, Renault, Honda, Toro Rosso merry-go-round keeps on spinning, but Red Bull are set to open up another engine opportunity for themselves.
While they will remain with Renault engines for now, they will be able to keep a firm eye on how their junior team Toro Rosso develop with Honda engines, should the deal be agreed.
Ricciardo told the Spanish daily Marca: “Unfortunately Honda has not been able to make McLaren’s car fast with these engines.
“So I think if they put in a Renault engine or anything else, they will automatically be faster because the car itself looks very good.
“They should be stronger next year,” the Australian added.
Ricciardo also said he feels for Fernando Alonso – renowned as one of the best drivers in F1 but crippled by the McLaren-Honda crisis since 2015.
He added: “I really like Fernando and respect him a lot as a driver.
“I would like to see him suffering less on the track and in a top car. It would be great to have him as a teammate one day – him or Hamilton. I’d love that.”