Sport Horner: Ricciardo might 'regret' Renault move

09:26  09 august  2018
09:26  09 august  2018 Source:

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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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“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.

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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 end to F1 season .
Australian Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo and his Red Bull team's problems with their Renault engines could spell a long end to the season.Red Bull currently sits in third position on the F1 constructors’ table with three wins and six podium finishes but still trail Mercedes and Ferrari by over 100 points. Both Ricciardo and Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen have had well-documented problems with their cars in various races this year.

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