Daniel Ricciardo to Renault!
Daniel Ricciardo came today with a bit of a shock message! Initially, Ricciardo was told to leave Red Bull after this season and shortly after, confirmed and that’s where Daniel Ricciardo goes instead.
Was this a shock message? Yes, that’s all you can say when everything pointed out that Esteban Ocon had signed a contract with Renault and that there were only formalities left for Ricciardo before he extended his contract with Red Bull.
Red Bull family he had been loaned from, as a replacement to Ricciardo, to go to Toro Rosso, on the other hand, I do not believe.
Pierre Gasly is another strong candidate for the spot next to Max Verstappen in Red Bull 2019.
Esteban Ocon, who has long been accustomed to Renault, is now confident that Mercedes will get a little order on Force India so he can drive on there. Any opening at Mercedes will be hardly before 2021 and then it may be too late.
Finally, it might be a bit sloppy by Red Bull to lose Daniel Ricciardo in this way. The money they have to pay the salary he wants, but apparently they have not been able to meet the demands of the Australians for an extension. I know Ricciardo was not happy with his team situation where he got into the shadow of Max Verstappen, despite being at least as good and many times even stronger than his current team mate.
Cyril Abiteboul has done a cannon war and now he is also getting a really good car, but this may be going well in the future, but I do not think Nico Hülkenberg is as pleased as he seems when he greeted Ricciardo by twitter earlier today.