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Ricciardo leaves Red Bull

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03/08/2018

In the wake of unconfirmed reports in the tabloid media that the Australian has agreed to join Renault, Red Bull subsequently issued a brief statement confirming that Ricciardo is to leave the team at the end of the year.

"Daniel Ricciardo has advised Aston Martin Red Bull Racing that he is to leave the Team at the end of the 2018 season," read the statement.

"Having joined the Red Bull family in 2008 as a member of the Red Bull Junior Team, with whom he won numerous junior titles, Daniel made his F1 debut in 2011 at the British Grand Prix. After two seasons with Scuderia Toro Rosso, Daniel joined us in 2014 and to date has brought the team seven victories, 29 podium finishes, two pole positions and 904 championship points," it added.

"We fully respect Daniel's decision to leave Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and we wish him all the best in his future," said 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. In the meantime, there are still nine races left in 2018 and we are fully focused on maximising every opportunity for Max and Daniel for the remainder of the season."

Thus far, Renault has yet to react.

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1. Posted by Fambank, 03/08/2018 17:27

"@VC10-1103 - There are a few differences. Hamilton is not nice. (Joking). And I don't see Renault catching up in both chassis and engine having made a mess of it so long now."

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2. Posted by Frank H, 03/08/2018 17:00

"Given the switch to Honda, it might well be a good move. Personally I think the Renault engine is a better one than the Honda, perhaps not peak power, but for performance during a whole weekend.

Hopefully this will yield Daniel some good results, factory Renault seem to get there in the end."

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3. Posted by VC10-1103, 03/08/2018 16:58

"@ Fambank - Similar comments were made when Hamilton left McLaren for Mecedes."

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4. Posted by Peter Rickitt, 03/08/2018 16:43

"Very pleased he took my advice on Pitpass !"

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5. Posted by Anthony, 03/08/2018 14:18

"So Mr H and Dr M thought that they had DR over a barrel. Turns out this wasn’t the case! Also adds an interesting perspective to Mr H’s continued criticism of Renault...."

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6. Posted by AlphaSpookster, 03/08/2018 14:13

"Could this mean a pretty decent move for Alonso being on the cards now?"

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7. Posted by imejl99, 03/08/2018 13:33

"What rules and regulations say about mid season engine supplier change? Maybe RB could use summer break to switch to Honda, ship Ricciardo to Toro and bring Gasly for the rest of the season? With all that DNFs they are in line for grid penalties anyway..."

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8. Posted by Fambank, 03/08/2018 12:28

"Him being a very nice person, we can only wish him the best of luck. Not sure though if he
signed up, becoming "best of the rest" in years to come. Lets hope not. "

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