Aussie Formula One hero Daniel Ricciardo has spoken for the first time about his bombshell decision to leave Red Bull to move to Renault Sport Racing next season.
Ricciardo joined Red Bull in 2008, winning several titles as a member of the Red Bull Junior Team. He made his F1 debut in 2011 at the British Grand Prix.
After two seasons with Scuderia Toro Rosso, Daniel joined the main Red Bull team in 2014 and won seven races with 29 podium finishes, two pole positions and 904 championship points.
But in frustration at playing apparent second fiddle to Red Bull sidekick Max Verstappen – who reportedly earned a better pay deal last season – he has decided to switch teams next season.
"It was probably one of the most difficult decisions to take in my career so far," he said tonight. "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."