Team boss Christian Horner speaks out after Ricciardo announces he is joining Renault; “I can’t help but feel he wants to be a leading role perhaps in a smaller environment,” says Horner
After months of mounting expectation the Australian would sign a new deal with Red Bull, Ricciardo informed the team as he embarked on his summer holidays he had signed a two-year deal with Renault for 2019 and 2020.
“It’s a great shame that he has chosen to leave the team,” Red Bull chief Christian Horner told F1’s Beyond The Grid podcast. “He feels Renault are in the ascendancy. I can’t help but feel he wants to be a leading role perhaps in a smaller environment.
Renault are currently fourth in the Constructors’ Championship, and Horner continued: “Daniel said he decided after a long flight to America that he had decided he wanted a change. If you look at the rational reasons for that, it’s difficult to understand.”