Daniel Ricciardo says he's not concerned about being under threat of losing his Red Bull race seat after Daniil Kvyat was replaced by Max Verstappen after only four races this season.
Ricciardo has welcomed new team-mate Verstappen into the fold at the top team and sees the young Dutch driver as a fresh challenge at Red Bull and supports the decision if it helps achieves the team's goals.
After seeing his former team-mate dropped just four rounds into the season – despite claiming the team's only rostrum result this year – Ricciardo is not concerned about suffering the same fate and prefers to focus on his future rather than the threat of rivals.
“Personally I don't look over my shoulder,” Ricciardo said. “I will always respect the people coming through and there is always going to be someone coming through. Someone who is quick or a new talent or whatever. You can't be naïve but for me I am always looking ahead.
“If I was at the tail end of my career then maybe I would try to hang on to my seat one year, one year more, but I still feel like I am moving forward so that is where my eyes will keep looking.
“I feel now that I am driving well and I am happy with where I am, and the people around me, the engineers, and the people I really deal with on weekends, I am happy with that crew so I am in a good level to perform well, and yeah we will see how it goes.”
Ricciardo says he didn't ask nor require a detailed explanation for the driver change at this point in the season and has full faith Red Bull has been the switch for the benefit of the whole squad.
“I would agree that things like this in the past have worked for Red Bull, so I don't disagree with it,” he explained. “I don't disagree with their method of trying to push us to our limits.
“Did Daniil deserve to have it happen at this point of the season rather than in the summer break? It is not my place; I don't really have a black or white answer for that.”