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Daniel Ricciardo is the hottest property on the grid in Formula 1, with the Australian off-contract with Red Bull.

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The driver market remains wide open, with Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel the only drivers in the leading three teams under contract for 2019.

However, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas seem likely to stay with Mercedes, while Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari days could be extended to ensure the Finn plays second fiddle to Vettel's title charges.

That leaves Ricciardo, who could end up anywhere - and it seems McLaren have got the memo.

According to German sports magazine Sport Bild, McLaren have tabled a multi-year deal to Ricciardo worth $20 million per year, which would make the Australian one of the highest paid drivers in Formula 1.

Ricciardo is reportedly on $6 million per year at Red Bull, but is paid nearly $4 million less than teammate Verstappen.

McLaren star and two-time world champion Fernando Alonso - who won last weekend's Le Mans 24 Hour endurance race - may walk away from Formula 1, which would widen McLaren's pockets to throw cash at Ricciardo.

The news comes just days after Red Bull announced they were ending their long partnership with engine supplier Renault to begin a two-year deal with Honda from 2019.

Australian Formula 1 star Daniel Ricciardo could more than triple his salary if he accepts a deal to switch to McLaren, according to German media reports. © AP Photo/Luca Bruno Australian Formula 1 star Daniel Ricciardo could more than triple his salary if he accepts a deal to switch to McLaren, according to German media reports. Ricciardo's stocks have risen dramatically in 2018, with the 28-year-old sitting comfortably with two wins from seven starts this season.

The new deal with Honda will more than likely play a part in Ricciardo's negotiations with Red Bull, with team advisor Helmut Marko acknowledging the Aussie was hot property.

"Daniel Ricciardo is the king of the market," Marko told Sport Bild.

"McLaren offers him more every week, but above all some people in Mercedes would absolutely want to join them in the team."

However, Marko stressed a move to Mercedes or Ferrari would almost ensure Ricciardo would go without equal footing to Hamilton or Vettel, even though it appears likely Red Bull will throw their weight behind Verstappen's side of the garage, just like they did with Vettel over Mark Webber some years ago.

Former world champion Jenson Button previously said Ricciardo should move to Ferrari, while the Aussie himself later cast aside rumours he was considering joining the Italian team.

Red Bull team manager Christian Horner put down an August deadline for Ricciardo to re-sign with Red Bull.

According to former driver and SkySportsF1 commentator Martin Brundle, Ricciardo finds himself in an "odd position"negotiationsions regarding his future.

"Lewis will stay at Mercedes. They're just arguing over whether he has the M&Ms without the green ones in them or something like that, the detail at the end of it," Brundle said.

"I think they'll be comfortable keeping Bottas alongside him.

"It will be interesting to see what Ferrari do.

"Daniel finds himself in a very odd position. He is going so well but Vettel kind of owns the driving seats at Ferrari, Hamilton at Mercedes and, it seems, Verstappen at Red Bull. So despite his form he's finding himself without a clear path.

"Will he be concerned about a Red Bull-Honda, if indeed they go that way? We'll have to wait and see. But it's strange times for Ricciardo."

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