Alonso and Horner in Red Bull row

Monday, 27 Aug, 2018

Asked whether that was Red Bull and Ricciardo's seat, he replied: "Yes".

Marko said he suspected Ricciardo's decision to leave after 10 years with Red Bull and Toro Rosso could only be as a result of the money Renault was able to offer - or the uncertainty surrounding Red Bull's move to Honda power units from next year.

"To be honest I don't know the plan yet 100 percent", Ticktum said at Sugo in May when questioned about his 2019 plans. "This year, particularly the first part of the year, I guess up until Monaco, was an awesome start for me, so many positives. On the Indy 500, I felt competitive a year ago and there are other series that can put you in a different level in motorsport". "I was ready for a new challenge and for me personally some fresh motivation". Honda still need to really prove themselves at the front, but there wasn't one key factor other than really myself and wanting to have a change of scenery. "That was probably the biggest overpowering thing but it wasn't necessarily the engine deal or financials or whatever", Ricciardo added.

Speaking about a potential move to a midfield team like Renault in June, Ricciardo said it would have "some appeal" but was not "top of my list" as getting his hands on a championship-calibre auto was a priority. He hinted multiple times he was going to recommit with the energy drink team but during the summer break took everyone by surprise when he announced his future was taking a twist.

"I can see how you could feel burnt out or a bit over it".

"It sounds easy saying it like that but it wasn't easy. I am not sure it [Renault] is the best scenery to go to".

He said the decision had been a long time coming, rather than one made in the spur of the moment.

Almost everyone in the F1 world expected Ricciardo to re-sign with Red Bull, who he has raced with since 2014. So, it was all pretty much when it got announced right before the break.

Ricciardo will be replaced at Red Bull by Toro Rosso's Frenchman Pierre Gasly.

"It was not the case for me to join that adventure and at the moment Formula 1 is not giving me the challenges I'm looking for".

"It's only his second season so he lacks experience", Dr Helmut Marko told Servus TV.

"Right now I am thinking that it is a goodbye, but life changes very quickly and life also taught me in the past how things may change in a couple of months' time or in years' time", said Alonso.

"On Thursday, he then called and told me he was going to Renault".

"I'm confident they can deliver a auto that is capable of winning every race, we just need the whole package and we are working towards that".

"I'll go out on a limb and say Red Bull can't be successful if both drivers are instinct/reflex (like Max)", Daly tweeted.

Daniel Ricciardo may have signed for a better payday.

"I have not suddenly made a representation or promise regarding next year, or what he will get regarding salary".