Renault: Ricciardo didn't buy Honda praise

Monday, 27 Aug, 2018

But Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen questioned Ricciardo's decision to choose Renault, which has not secured a podium since returning to F1 in 2016.

But Abiteboul said Ricciardo had reservations about Honda's power unit, despite positive noises from Toro Rosso and Red Bull team boss Christian Horner insisting that Honda was a better long-term bet.

Ricciardo's decision to quit Red Bull drew parallels with championship leader Lewis Hamilton's move from McLaren to Mercedes in 2013.

However, that did not happen, with Horner continuing: "He drove the vehicle on Tuesday in the test in Hungary, and then I think the flight to America on holiday he decided actually he wanted, despite having everything that he'd asked for, that it still didn't feel right and that he wanted to do something else".

"One, they never worked with me", he said.

"Initially, I had it in my mind that I'd be staying [at Red Bull]".

"I'm confident they can deliver a vehicle that is capable of winning every race, we just need the whole package and we are working towards that. If he wanted a change of scenery I'm not sure it's the best scenery to go to".

"I have not suddenly made a representation or promise regarding next year, or what he will get regarding salary". I told him: 'Get to the point!

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Horner told a news conference that Red Bull had not offered him a drive for 2019 and had not approached him since 2007.

"I'll go out on a limb and say Red Bull can't be successful if both drivers are instinct/reflex (like Max)", Daly tweeted. I felt it made my enjoyment for the sport a bit numb at times.

"The thing that struck me about Renault was that they were prepared to be honest". It's hard to disconnect when you know that there is a seat available in Red Bull but I just tried to enjoy my break. But it's a decision that could, potentially, make or break his career. Not easy to make and not easy to break to for the team, but personally within myself I feel it's a good thing for me.

"What I appreciate is the fact that Daniel has his position, he has his agenda, he has his situation, which I don't want to comment on", Abiteboul told Motorsport.com. With the contract stuff people assumed I was pretty much done with Red Bull and ready to sign, but I'm pretty sure I always just said I was close to doing something.

"I was really torn with what to do and that process took time". After that holiday I came back to the south of France with my friends last week and he called me back.

"There were a lot of emotions as well and I was just so shocked".

The Spaniard's comments appeared to be at odds with Red Bull boss Christian Horner, who suggested after Ricciardo's decision that Alonso was not under consideration. Second, I don't think we were the highest bidder in obtaining Daniel, without going into details.