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Ricciardo Was Ready To Sign With Red Bull Before Announcing He’s Leaving For Renault

27 August, 2018

Earlier this month, it was confirmed Ricciardo had signed a two-year deal with his new team, while Pierre Gasly will make the step up from sister outfit Toro Rosso to replace him.

The 22-year-old Gasly, who now drives for Red Bull's junior team Toro Rosso, will line up alongside Max Verstappen after Australian Ricciardo leaves for Renault at the end of the 2018 campaign.

Red Bull hasn't been able to compete with the two top sides, falling well behind in the constructors' championship in recent times, which has contributed to Ricciardo's choice to leave.

"I did not stay because winning now there are only two teams [Mercedes and Ferrari] and they continue with their drivers for the following years", said Alonso.

Daniel Ricciardo says his decision to leave Red Bull for Renault comes down to a need for a fresh challenge in his career after 10 years affiliated with the energy drinks company's Formula One operation.

"Dietrich [Mateschitz, Red Bull owner] got involved round Barcelona".

Hamilton, who was Alonso's team-mate at McLaren in 2007 when they tied on points and number of wins, added: "He has been arguably the best driver I have ever driven against and I wish him all the best". It turned a bit of spotlight onto me and so I took my time with it.

"I am sure for some other drivers if they look outside they will find bigger challenges than the ones they have now here". I told him: 'Get to the point!

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Helmut Marko, Red Bull's motorsport advisor, also recently said that Alonso's "demands were very tedious" when talks were actually held with him a decade ago, and accused the Spaniard of turning his teams into "a one-man show".

"If he could be in a competitive auto, I'm sure they would prefer him staying".

"Right now I am thinking that it's a goodbye, but life changes very quickly", he said.

"So as I said for me it is a bye bye, but who knows what will happen in the future?"

Before the smiles and the Formula 1 team switch, however, Ricciardo said that he had to do a lot of soul searching. "I think Honda is progressing".

"In Hungary, he said to both me and Mr. Mateschitz that everything fits, and he'll sign on Tuesday at the test". After that holiday I came back to the south of France with my friends last week and he called me back. "It was not the time for me to join that adventure".

"It wasn't easy. There were a lot of factors and variables I had to weigh up in my mind".

"I know the contract stuff people pretty much assumed I was done with Red Bull and ready to sign but I'm pretty sure I always said I was close to doing something but I never said it was 100% going to be with Red Bull so there wasn't anything that changed overnight which caused this decision". Second, I don't think we were the highest bidder in obtaining Daniel, without going into details.

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