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Sport Horner: Ricciardo might 'regret' Renault move

09:26  09 august  2018
09:26  09 august  2018 Source:   wwos.ninemsn.com.au

Ricciardo quits Red Bull for Renault

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Horner : Renault decision might be one Ricciardo regrets . Daniel Ricciardo is moving to Renault for the 2019 season. With Max Verstappen regarded as a favourite son at Red Bull, many Formula One insiders believe Ricciardo would have struggled to win a world championship had he stayed

What were the reasons for Daniel Ricciardo ’s move to Renault for 2019? There’s more than just one factor at play here which this episode of F101 explains.

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Red Bull Formula One boss Christian Horner has spoken in-depth for the first time about Daniel Ricciardo’s shock defection to Renault, revealing that he thought the Australian was joking when he broke the news, and describing the move as “an enormous risk.”

Ricciardo stunned the Formula One world last week when he announced he was leaving Red Bull after five seasons and seven race wins, to join Renault in 2019. The French manufacturer is yet to even record a podium finish since returning to F1 as a constructor three seasons ago.

Speaking to the F1 “Beyond the Grid” podcast, Horner said his initial reaction was disbelief.

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Ricciardo , one of F1's top drivers, is leaving the top three team at the end of the year to join the works Renault project. Some think the Australian is moving solely for money, and his current boss Christian Horner suspects he might come to regret the decision. But former F1 driver Massa says he

Christian Horner believes the fear of playing second fiddle to Max Verstappen at Red Bull played a part in Daniel Ricciardo 's decision to switch to Renault I can’t help but feel that was perhaps a large part of Daniel’s decision.” Horner insists the move was not down to money or status within the team, and

“I thought he was winding me up to be honest with you,” said Horner.

“He rang me to say I’m going to Renault. I said ‘You what? Is this a wind-up for the summer holidays?’ But it then became very clear that was his choice and you have to respect that. Renault are a growing team, they’re committing resources there.

“I think Daniel decided after a long flight to America, he decided he wanted a change. You look at the rational reasons for that, it’s difficult to understand, but Daniel obviously had his reasons.

With Max Verstappen regarded as a favourite son at Red Bull, many Formula One insiders believe Ricciardo would have struggled to win a world championship had he stayed alongside the Dutchman at Red Bull.

Daniel Ricciardo's switch from Red Bull to Renault splits opinion among Formula One experts

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Christian Horner feels Daniel Ricciardo 's move to Renault could be an inspired one, but initially he thought the Australian was winding him up that he Horner had expected a much different telephone call to the one he got from Ricciardo when he was informed of his decision to make the switch, and

While Horner confirms Ricciardo and Verstappen were on equal terms, he believes Ricciardo could see Verstappen’s confidence increasing.

“I think it comes back to wanting to take on, in his words, a new challenge but I also feel he sees Max growing and growing in terms of speed and strength and he doesn’t want to play a support role I guess, for want of a better word, not that they are treated in any way differently.

“They would have equal status, as they have always had. I could understand if it was to Ferrari or Mercedes, but it’s an enormous risk at this stage of his career.

Horner says Red Bull couldn’t have done any more to keep the Australian.

“It’s been a bit like trying to convince a girl to go out with you, but she’s being pretty reticent. We have bent over backwards to make it happen, but if someone’s heart isn’t really in it, then…

“We gave Daniel everything he wanted and asked for and it still wasn’t enough. We were even prepared to do a one-year agreement so he was available to Ferrari or Mercedes should they come knocking in 12 months’ time.

“It wasn’t about money or status, commitment or duration. I think he felt 'I need to take something else on in this stage of my career'. It might be an inspired choice, it might one that he regrets.”


Ricciardo facing long drought at new team .
Australian F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo could be facing a long drought at his new team after Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul admitted they might not win a race in 2019.Ricciardo stunned the racing world recently when he announced he was quitting Red Bull at the end of the season to sign with Renault – a team that is considered the next best behind powerhouses Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull on the F1 circuit.

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