Who will replace Ricciardo at Red Bull? | F1 | Formula One

  • Who will replace Ricciardo at Red Bull? | F1 | Formula One

Who will replace Ricciardo at Red Bull? | F1 | Formula One

Sainz will not entertain a return to Toro Rosso and is adamant that for him it is either Red Bull or another team altogether, "My number one target is to be with Red Bull next year and start fighting for podiums, wins, whatever they are fighting for next year".

Red Bull announced early Friday morning in the United States that Ricciardo would be leaving the team at the end of the 2018 season.

"We fully respect Daniel's decision to leave Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and we wish him all the best in his future".

"By far the toughest decision I've made in my racing career - but 29 years living on this Earth, it was actually one of the toughest life decisions I've made. But I thought that it was time for me to take on a fresh and new challenge", said Ricciardo.

With Renault on the rise, and Red Bull convinced that Ricciardo would stay after failing to land a drive at either Ferrari or Mercedes when his contract expired at the end of this year, Abiteboul has delivered a clear message to F1 with the 29-year-old's signature.

Ricciardo is fifth in the 20-driver standings after 12 of the season's 21 races.

"Renault Sport Formula One team is happy to confirm the arrival of Daniel Ricciardo to join Nico Hulkenberg as a driver starting from next season", Renault said in a statement. He has left one of the top three teams for one of the best in the midfield.

Daniel Ricciardo overtakes Renault's Nico Hulkenberg. This indicates Max will be Red Bull's de facto numero uno driver for the upcoming season.

There was speculation that Ricciardo did not get the assurances he craved from Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz, wrote British newspaper the Daily Mail.

Red Bull are ditching Renault power for Honda next year after a raft of reliability failures.

Ricciardo leaving Red Bull, who have won three races this season, for a Renault team, who are now around a second-a-lap slower, would certainly be a shock, especially as the two outfits are at odds over engines at the moment. I hope to be able to help them in this journey and contribute on and off track.

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.

Daniel Ricciardo will see out the season with Red Bull but conceded the decision to leave wasn't made lightly.

Ricciardo won the Monaco and the Chinese Grands Prix this season and is now fifth in the drivers' standings.