Ricciardo to get mega bucks from Renault, but how much?

Ruben Hill
August 8, 2018

Instead he's made a decision to jump ship after a decade in the Red Bull camp and take on a new challenge as Nico Hulkenberg's team-mate.

To the last remain confident in signing a new agreement, leaning on the fact that they have to negotiate only the details, however, in reality the situation was very different. "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", said Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner.

"Ricciardo called me on Thursday to tell me the decision".

"I think that it's absolutely positive". Renault being a works team might just prove to be an ideal fit for Ricciardo who aspires to be a Formula One Champion. Ricciardo has often stated that he wanted to go to a team where he had the best chance to compete for a championship, which could imply that there are good times ahead for the French team. The Aussie came to Red Bull as a replacement for his former Australian counterpart Mark Webber and challenged Sebastian Vettel right from the outset by emerging third in the driver's championship to Sebastian Vettel's 5th position, prompting Vettel to switch to Ferrari in 2015.

One of the questions that arises from the signing of Ricciardo is whether the Aussie will be the clear number one of the team or not.

Ricciardo's switch to a team outside the big three of Red Bull, Mercedes and Ferrari represents a gamble. Can Hülkenberg keep Danny Ric behind him, or will the German be in his shadow?

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