It came as a bit of a bomb, as Daniel Ricciardo in the beginning of august announced its exit in Red Bull shortly after being presented as the new man in the Renault seat.
Also for the Red Bull team boss, Christian Horner, who rather had expected that the australian would sign a new contract with the austrian team.
In an interview with Autosport tells Christian Horner, how he got the message.
He said actually this - he beat up quite classical: It is not you, it's me!, retells Christian Horner.
I honestly think that he just wanted a new challenge. We looked at it, and I think we did everything that was possible to keep him.
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Ricciardo in discussion with Christian Horner during a race in 2015. Photo: Jan Sommer
Ricciardo had to settle with a sixth place in the overall kørerklassement. Two locations and 79 points, after Red Bull were to Max Verstappen.
And Horner believes that Vestappens development was to push Ricciardo against Renault.
- I think he was worried about his own value with the tanks on Max's development, and was possibly also unsure on the Honda at the time, says Horner on the Red Bulls at that time the new Honda engine.
With its 21 year, Max Verstappen a promising future ahead of him, but according to Christian Horner, he has not enjoyed positive discrimination at the expense of the 29-year-old Ricciardo.
- Running number one on this team, is the running, which is at the front on the track. It is the simple way. And there is zero bias in the way we run the team. It, Daniel will also confirm, he says, before Verstappen get a little praise.
- Mexico was the first time Daniel udkvalificerede Max since Monaco. Max's performance in qualifying has been huge, and it was possibly part of the reason for Daniel's decision is about the future, says Christian Horner.
Daniel Ricciardo will get the chance to show his worth to both Christian Horner and his new team, when the upcoming Formula 1 season starts 17. march with the australian grandprix.
Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen could celebrate first and second place after the qualification for the mexican contest. Photo: AP
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