Daniel Ricciardo thanks Red Bull for the last 5 years

Daniel Ricciardo thanks Red Bull for the last 5 years”

Some believe that Red Bull are partial towards Verstappen and the Australian wanted equal status.

This year Hulkenberg, paired with a more competent teammate in Carlos Sainz, are comfortably in fourth place, and I wouldn't be surprised if they managed to claim a podium or two before the season is done.

It added that the Perth native felt unloved by Red Bull after they made Dutchman Verstappen their de facto No. 1 driver by rewarding him with a massively improved deal last season.

Despite team boss Christian Horner claiming a new deal was close only last month, the 29-year-old has since chose to make the move to Renault.

Renault managing director Cyril Abiteboul said the signing of the gifted extrovert underlined their ambitions.

"It has been a 10-year journey with Red Bull".

What now for the F1 transfer market?

Sainz's real competition from within the Red Bull ranks is Pierre Gasly who has given a good account of himself in his first full season in the top-flight.

But his switch to Renault scuppers expectations Esteban Ocon was on the cusp of moving to the French team for 2019 from Force India.

"We fully respect Daniel's decision to leave", Horner said. I was on the junior programme in 2008 and some wonderful memories from there.

At Haas, one of two Ferrari "satellite" teams, the likely pairing for 2019 is current driver Jan Magnussen with Charles Leclerc, who will be promoted from Alfa Romeo-Sauber on the way to an eventual drive at Ferrari.

"I really appreciate it, from the bottom of my heart, and we've got nine races left to kick some arse, so let's get it".

The move comes as a shock since the 29-year-old Australian was inching closer for a new deal with Red Bull. Ricciardo has also signed for Renault Sport Formula One Team for the next two seasons. The German team hadn't exactly been struggling but nor had they set the world alight with their performances since taking over Brawn GP in 2010, finishing fifth in the 2012 Constructors Table with Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg at the wheel.

For Daniel Ricciardo, though, the vehicle of choice had to be a Formula One auto.

Despite two race wins this season, including a victory in the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix, it's been a frustrating season for Ricciardo at Red Bull. He is already very familiar with the Renault family, having driven in Renault junior series between 2007 and 2011 and has been powered by Renault engines in F1 since 2014.

Team president Jerome Stoll added: "Renault made a decision to come back to Formula One to fight for world championships". "We welcome Daniel's arrival to our team, still in the making, but more motivated than ever", Stoll said.

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