Daniel Ricciardo to quit Red Bull after season ends

Aug 04, 2018, 08:22 IST | Agencies

Both Ricciardo and Red Bull have been bullish when asked about what many considered a routine contract extension in recent weeks

Daniel Ricciardo to quit Red Bull after season ends
Australian Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo insists he has taken one of the most difficult decisions in his career after deciding to leave Red Bull and drive for Renault from 2019. Both Ricciardo and Red Bull have been bullish when asked about what many considered a routine contract extension in recent weeks.

Red Bull then announced yesterday that the Australian had informed them he would be leaving at the end of the current F1 season — with his move to Renault confirmed soon afterwards.

Ricciardo, 29, has been with the team since 2014 having made his F1 debut three years earlier with the now-defunct HRT team. "It was probably one of the most difficult decisions to take in my career so far," Ricciardo said.

"But I thought that it was time for me to take on a fresh and new challenge. I realise that there is a lot ahead in order to allow Renault to reach their target of competing at the highest level, but I have been impressed by their progression in only two years, and I know that each time Renault has been in the sport they eventually won. "I hope to be able to help them in this journey and contribute on and off track."

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