Monaco - Daniel Ricciardo's stock has never been higher but Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton reckons the Monaco Grand Prix-winning Australian is unlikely to be anywhere other than Red Bull next season.
That said, the Briton, who is currently engaged in his own contract negotiations with Mercedes, expects him to earn much more in future.
The Australian is out of contract with Red Bull at the end of the year and champions Mercedes or Ferrari are possible alternatives with Finns Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen yet to be confirmed.
"I would imagine his future is there (Red Bull)," said Hamilton after Sunday's race.
"He is one of the top drivers so I am sure there will be options for him. There's only Ferrari and Mercedes that he could ever consider, but currently here (Mercedes) that's unlikely. I don't think that's going to happen.