Daniel Ricciardo said his decision to leave Red Bull and join Renault for next year is one of the hardest choices he has faced in his career.Formula 1 races for the them since joining their top F1 team in 2014.
Earlier today RaceFans revealed he will leave Red Bull to join Renault for the 2019 F1 season, a move which has since been confirmed by both parties.
“It was probably one of the most difficult decisions to take in my career so far,” said Ricciardo. “But I thought that it was time for me to take on a fresh and new challenge.”
Ricciardo’s departure from Red Bull means he will continue to use Renault engines. The manufacturer revived its full factory F1 team at the end of 2015.
“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,” he added.
“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.”
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