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Wednesday, 21 November 2018

The moment that made Ricciardo quit Red Bull


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Daniel Ricciardo has detailed how he came to his decision to leave Red Bull, while declaring that he still intends to become a Formula 1 world champion.

The Aussie driver has also given a "cocky" assessment of his legacy at the heavyweight team, saying he has redefined his sport with his aggressive overtaking.

Ricciardo has written a pair of first-person pieces on the cusp of his final race for Red Bull, this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Writing for The Players' Tribune, Ricciardo said he had finally made the agonising decision over his future, departing Red Bull for Renault in 2019, while drinking a glass of wine on a flight to the US. It was after the Hungarian Grand Prix at the end of the July, in which Ricciardo finished fourth amid a torrid season that has featured eight DNFs.

He thought back over his entire career and concluded in a "moment of clarity" that it was simply time for a change.

"At times, this season has been incredibly difficult," Ricciardo wrote, saying his decision arrived as the plane descended into Los Angeles.

"I’ve talked about rolling with the punches … but man, even I get sore after a while.

"I feel incredibly privileged to have driven for Red Bull Racing and been part of the Red Bull family for 10 years. They gave me my break, and without Dr. [Helmut] Marko spotting me all those years ago, I don’t think I would have been able to make my way to F1, to my dream job.

"I will remember this team, these great people, this family, forever.

"And that thought, right there, is when I found clarity. 

"I’ve done so much with Red Bull.… I’ve become who I’ve always wanted to be, right by their side. And I know, I know, that I can leave having given them my everything and having received the same in return.

"But I needed to listen to my heart, I needed to go it alone and make my own decision. Change is scary — it’s f****** terrifying. And I know the next part of my journey won’t always be easy, but I had to take this step to try to be the best version of me. That’s all it was. It was the next step, the next leap, a new challenge.

"I’m going to Renault next year, and I’m going with an open mind and a full heart. Nobody has a crystal ball, or can predict the future or the results of my decision, but nonetheless a decision was made."

Ricciardo, 29, did not touch on his relationship with teammate Max Verstappen, who has been branded a major factor in Ricciardo's decision to leave.

The Aussie remained bullish about his prospects of one day winning a world championship, despite the expectation that he will fall well out of contention at Renault; which reportedly will pay him $US70 million over two years.

Musing over what his Wikipedia page would look like in old age, Ricciardo wrote: "First of all, I want it to say that I won at least one Formula One championship. I need one, right?"

Ricciardo also penned the final entry of his driver diary for Red Bull, titled 'Over and Out'. He reflected upon his amazing debut season for the team in 2014, which reaped grand prix wins in Canada, Hungary and Belgium, saying it left a mark on the sport.

"I feel ’14 didn’t just shape me and my approach from then on, it changed the level of overtaking from other guys in the sport as well. Not many people were doing that, coming from a long way back and trying big passing moves," he wrote.

"Maybe they learned from me and the way I was racing, so perhaps I set a new level and showed people what was possible, and the drivers that were willing to try it were trying it.

"I realise that sounds a bit cocky, but I really do believe that. I’m not saying all of them can do it, but at least more of them are trying!"

Ricciardo has seven grand prix wins, 29 podiums and three pole positions so far in his career.

Daniel Ricciardo has detailed how he came to his decision to leave Red Bull, while declaring that he still intends to become a Formula 1 world champion.

The Aussie driver has also given a "cocky" assessment of his legacy at the heavyweight team, saying he has redefined his sport with his aggressive overtaking.

Ricciardo has written a pair of first-person pieces on the cusp of his final race for Red Bull, this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Writing for The Players' Tribune, Ricciardo said he had finally made the agonising decision over his future, departing Red Bull for Renault in 2019, while drinking a glass of wine on a flight to the US. It was after the Hungarian Grand Prix at the end of the July, in which Ricciardo finished fourth amid a torrid season that has featured eight DNFs.

He thought back over his entire career and concluded in a "moment of clarity" that it was simply time for a change.

"At times, this season has been incredibly difficult," Ricciardo wrote, saying his decision arrived as the plane descended into Los Angeles.

"I’ve talked about rolling with the punches … but man, even I get sore after a while.

"I feel incredibly privileged to have driven for Red Bull Racing and been part of the Red Bull family for 10 years. They gave me my break, and without Dr. [Helmut] Marko spotting me all those years ago, I don’t think I would have been able to make my way to F1, to my dream job.

"I will remember this team, these great people, this family, forever.

"And that thought, right there, is when I found clarity. 

"I’ve done so much with Red Bull.… I’ve become who I’ve always wanted to be, right by their side. And I know, I know, that I can leave having given them my everything and having received the same in return.

"But I needed to listen to my heart, I needed to go it alone and make my own decision. Change is scary — it’s f****** terrifying. And I know the next part of my journey won’t always be easy, but I had to take this step to try to be the best version of me. That’s all it was. It was the next step, the next leap, a new challenge.

"I’m going to Renault next year, and I’m going with an open mind and a full heart. Nobody has a crystal ball, or can predict the future or the results of my decision, but nonetheless a decision was made."

Ricciardo, 29, did not touch on his relationship with teammate Max Verstappen, who has been branded a major factor in Ricciardo's decision to leave.

The Aussie remained bullish about his prospects of one day winning a world championship, despite the expectation that he will fall well out of contention at Renault; which reportedly will pay him $US70 million over two years.

Musing over what his Wikipedia page would look like in old age, Ricciardo wrote: "First of all, I want it to say that I won at least one Formula One championship. I need one, right?"

Ricciardo also penned the final entry of his driver diary for Red Bull, titled 'Over and Out'. He reflected upon his amazing debut season for the team in 2014, which reaped grand prix wins in Canada, Hungary and Belgium, saying it left a mark on the sport.

"I feel ’14 didn’t just shape me and my approach from then on, it changed the level of overtaking from other guys in the sport as well. Not many people were doing that, coming from a long way back and trying big passing moves," he wrote.

"Maybe they learned from me and the way I was racing, so perhaps I set a new level and showed people what was possible, and the drivers that were willing to try it were trying it.

"I realise that sounds a bit cocky, but I really do believe that. I’m not saying all of them can do it, but at least more of them are trying!"

Ricciardo has seven grand prix wins, 29 podiums and three pole positions so far in his career. https://ift.tt/2DRnfbP
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