Sunday, 19 August, 2018


Daniel Ricciardo leaving Red Bull Racing for Renault in 2019

See you later Red Bull See you later Red Bull
Noah Ferguson | 07 August, 2018, 08:12

The extroverted Ricciardo, a fan favourite with his permanent smile and thrilling overtakes, had indicated before this month's break that he was set to stay at third-placed Red Bull and was just "fine-tuning" details.

Ricciardo yesterday announced he will be leaving Red Bull at the end of the year to join Formula One rivals Renault.

But with Max Verstappen the third highest paid driver on the grid, he may have felt like the time was right to move on, because even if Red Bull were to give him a championship-winning auto, then they may heavily favour the young Dutchman when push came to shove.

It was probably one of the most hard decisions to take in my career so far, said Ricciardo.

The Australian will partner Nico Hulkenberg at Renault.

"I think it's thrown a spanner in the works for some other teams but we've got a plan which we are executing against which Ricciardo's move doesn't impact".

At 29 years old and with 141 races under his belt, Ricciardo appeared primed to secure a seat that would make him a title contender.

Ricciardo is fifth in the 20-driver standings after 12 of the season's 21 races.

"I realise that there is a lot ahead in order to allow Renault to reach their target of competing at the highest level", he said.

Renault's surprise signing of Ricciardo, which came as nearly everyone in Formula One assumed his staying at Red Bull was a done deal, also has a knock-on effect on the plans of Mercedes, Force India and Williams. Partner Riccardo in "Reno" will be Nico Hulkenberg. Now having lost Ricciardo, Red Bull has Max Verstappen and a question mark. In addition, Red Bull has chose to switch to Honda engine ditching Renault engine from 2019 over reliability issues.

See you later, Red Bull ...? I hope to be able to help them in this journey and contribute on and off track.

Ricciardo's shock decision to quit Red Bull for Renault will have immediate and unexpected repercussions in the F1 driver market.

Brown certainly wasn't surprised by Ricciardo's decision to leave Red Bull, where he's been for the past five seasons in Formula 1. He finished third in the drivers' standings in 2014 and 2016. "We've got nine races left to kick some ass, so let's get it".

Red Bull won four championships in a row with Renault between 2010 and 2013 but have since fallen out and Ricciardo's decision to stick with the French engines, despite his frustration over their performance, will sting.

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