F1: Daniel Ricciardo quits Red Bull, to join Renault in 2019

first_imgDaniel Ricciardo will leave Red Bull and join Renault formula one team in 2019, it was announced on Friday.”It was probably one of the most difficult decisions to take in my career so far. But I thought that it was time for me to take on a fresh and new challenge,” said Ricciardo after announcing that he will leave Red Bull.The surprise announcement will ripple through the driver market, with other teams set to shake up their line-ups as a consequence.”Daniel Ricciardo has advised us that he is to leave the team at the end of the 2018 season,” Red Bull said in a statement without saying where he was headed.”We fully respect Daniel’s decision to leave Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and we wish him all the best in his future,” said Red Bull team boss Christian Horner.”We would like to thank him for his dedication and the role he has played since joining the Team in 2014, the highlights of course being the seven wins and the 29 podiums he has achieved so far with us.”We will now continue to evaluate the numerous options available to us before deciding on which driver partners Max Verstappen for the 2019 season.”Ricciardo had been out of contract at the end of the year and was also linked with Mercedes. But any hope of joining champions Mercedes disappeared when they retained titleholder Lewis Hamilton and Finland’s Valtteri Bottas.Ricciardo is most likely to replace Spaniard Carlos Sainz at Renault. Sainz drives for Renault on loan from Red Bull alongside Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg.advertisementSainz could return to the Red Bull fold alongside his former Toro Rosso team mate Verstappen but has also been linked to McLaren, where he could form an all-Spanish line-up with Fernando Alonso.McLaren have not won a race since 2012 and are going through a rebuilding phase.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more