"Everything's messed up right now and it's hard to say, but my best guess is that people will make the decisions they want to irrespective of how things have changed," Ricciardo told Australian newspaper The Age.
"I find it hard to believe that anyone would sign a one-year deal just to be a free agent for '22 because of the risks involved. Unless you're in a unique situation, one year is normally far from ideal, so I imagine any contracts signed from now will carry over from the old regs to the new regs now coming on for '22.
"It does make it interesting when you consider most of us aren't contracted after this year besides Max [Verstappen] and Charles [Leclerc]."
The postponement of the regulation alterations was made after all 10 teams agreed, but Ricciardo has admitted to being surprised that this was the decided outcome.
"My first thought when I heard the news was surprise that it would be delayed, so I need to digest things more before working out how I feel about it other than that," he explained.
"So much is up in the air right now that anything seems possible."
So far, 2020 races in Australia, Bahrain, Vietnam, China, the Netherlands, Spain, and Monaco have all been cancelled or posponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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