Daniel Ricciardo has welcomed the fact that his Red Bull bosses have gone public and confirmed that he is committed to the team until the end of 2018.
Although the Australian had been linked with other teams – especially Ferrari– over recent months, his original deal at Red Bull meant he was locked into his current outfit as long as he was performing.
In a bid to stop talk of Ricciardo's future becoming a distraction, Red Bullbosses Christian Horner and Helmut both said over the Canadian Grand Prix weekend that he would be remaining at the outfit for another two years.
When asked by Motorsport.com if there had even been any doubt in his own mind about what he would be doing, Ricciardo said that he had been well aware that his future was always at Red Bull.
However, he welcomed the fact that Marko and Horner had gone public.
"It has always been pretty discrete, I guess," said Ricciardo. "Helmut made a few comments – and it is good, he means he likes me. It is hard to tell some days!
"To be honest, the team is very happy with the line-up they have at the moment with myself and Max. I would say it is pretty stable."
Red Bull is one of the few teams that has confirmed its driver line-up for 2017 with Max Verstappen having signed a contract extension following his switch prior to the Spanish Grand Prix.
Mercedes, however, is expected to keep Nico Rosberg alongside LewisHamilton, while Ferrari is currently weighing up whether or not to retain Kimi Raikkonen alongside Sebastian Vettel.