Renault-bound Daniel Ricciardo was struggling for motivation at Red Bull

Daniel Ricciardo will make the switch to Renault for the 2019 F1 season. Pic GettyMore

Daniel Ricciardo will make the switch to Renault for the 2019 F1 season. Pic GettyMore

Christian Horner says Fernando Alonso has not been offered a contract by Red Bull since 2007, after the Spaniard claimed he was approached to replace Daniel Ricciardo. "I think Honda is progressing".

Pierre Gasly raced in the Japanese single-seater championship previous year and the Frenchman came agonisingly close to winning the title, missing out by just half a point after the final round was cancelled due to a typhoon. If he could be in a competitive vehicle, I am sure Liberty would rather he stays than pursue the Triple Crown, so I wouldn't expect them to do anything different.

The Perth-born driver won his first three Formula One wins in Canada, Hungary and Belgium and finished third overall in the championship during his first season at Red Bull.

His decision to leave was because he needed "fresh motivation" after feeling "frustrated and a bit numb" following so many years within Red Bull's set up. I don't really care. I felt the routine was causing that a bit.

The 29-year-old denied he had felt "unloved" at Red Bull despite Verstappen being held up as a champion-in-waiting.

"From my point of view it makes me sad to move on but it makes me proud to know I was wanted. A few sleepless trying to come up with the best conclusion for myself but once I made that decision and pulled the trigger I felt comfortable with it and it feels right moving forward for next year". While Ricciardo didn't directly address those claims, he admitted he did have one regret when it came to telling his bosses he was going to leave.

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".

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Gasly, 22, was the obvious choice to take over from Ricciardo, with Carlos Sainz, now on loan to Renault from Red Bull, moving to McLaren in 2019.

"On Thursday afternoon I got a call".

"[Ricciardo] has also been sold a role that goes beyond that of a simple pilot, but that of someone who participates in building a team", said Abiteboul.

Following in the footsteps of Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, Daniil Kvyat and Max Verstappen, Gasly has shone enough at Toro Rosso for Red Bull to swoop despite him still being in his rookie season. I spoke to Renault, I had a couple of meetings with McLaren, and I got to speak with [Red Bull company founder] Dietrich [Mateschitz] in Barcelona and again in Austria.

"It all ended very amicably and basically they're sorry to see me go and appreciate what I've done and given to the team".

Without divulging the intimate details of their negotiations, Abiteboul said Renault convinced Ricciardo to come across even though it wasn't the highest bidder.

"Frankly we don't think like that", he stated.

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