Dani Ricciardo is leaving Red Bull, moving to Renault for 2019 season
Daniel Ricciardo announces today that he will leave Red Bull Racing at the end of the 2018 Formula 1 season. Soon after his announcement, Renault F1 Team confirmed that the Australian racer will join the team for the 2019 F1 season.
Ricciardo joined the Red Bull family in 2008 as a member of the Red Bull Junior Team, with whom he won numerous junior titles. He joined Scuderia Toro Rosso as a test driver in the 2011 F1 season, then making a debut with HRT F1 Team in the 2011 British Grand Prix. In 2012 and 2013, he raced with Scuderia Toro Rosso and then joined Red Bull Racing in 2014. Since then, he scored seven F1 victories, 29 podium finishes, two pole positions and 904 championship points.
Commenting on Daniel’s decision, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner said: “We fully respect Daniel’s decision to leave Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and we wish him all the best in his future. We would like to thank him for his dedication and the role he has played since joining the Team in 2014, the highlights of course being the seven wins and the 29 podiums he has achieved so far with us.
We will now continue to evaluate the numerous options available to us before deciding on which driver partners Max Verstappen for the 2019 season. In the meantime, there are still nine races left in 2018 and we are fully focused on maximising every opportunity for Max and Daniel for the remainder of the season.”
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