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Alonso Rejected Chance To Join Red Bull

Alonso Rejected Chance To Join Red Bull

Australian F1 star Daniel Ricciardo revealed why he quit Red Bull for Renault - and reveals his real feelings about his hotshot Dutch teammate Max Verstappen.

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

Speaking at a news conference ahead of this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix, Ricciardo denied there was any kind of animosity within Red Bull and he had not fallen out with anyone.

A day after Ricciardo's stunning - and entirely unexpected - bombshell he had made a decision to quit Red Bull for Renault, Red Bull team principal spoke in a podcast with F1's official website.

"I think a lot of people expected me to take the soft option and stay because they see me as a soft guy", Ricciardo said.

"I feel like I've grown with Red Bull, they've turned me from a little junior driver into a Formula One driver, and I feel it's now time for me to make those next adult steps and move forward".

With Red Bull, one thing which has had me frustrated is the expectation is to win. "I wouldn't expect them to do anything different". I had a few sleepless nights for sure trying to come up with the best conclusion for myself.

"I have not suddenly made a representation or promise regarding next year, or what he will get regarding salary". He felt I need to take something else on at this stage of my career.

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Marko, who has not yet arrived at the Belgian Grand Prix, added to Red Bull's Servus TV station: "We were negotiating with him in 2007 or 2008".

I also feel he sees Max growing and growing in terms of speed and strength and he doesn't want to play a support role I guess, for want of better words, said Horner.

"This year a couple of months ago I decided that it was the right time.

If I'm really honest it would have been something I would have liked to do in person and face-to-face", Ricciardo said in Belgium.

Alonso has famously made a series of poor career decisions, including turning down a chance to join Red Bull in time for their domination of the early 2010s, and leaving Ferrari at the end of 2014 believing they would never produce a competitive vehicle. I'm ready for a new challenge and I think just for me personally just some fresh motivation. It's hard to disconnect when you know that there is a seat available in Red Bull but I just tried to enjoy my break.

"I had an apology on email", he said.

"There were a lot of emotions as well and I was just so shocked".

Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko said Ricciardo would find it "difficult" to feature at the front with Renault, and Verstappen offered a similar opinion when asked about Ricciardo's switch. It's obviously been wonderful and great and I just felt like now it's time to take on something new. Second, I don't think we were the highest bidder in obtaining Daniel, without going into details.

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