Renault Sport F1 team have announced that Daniel Ricciardo will join the French team in 2019 alongside Nico Hulkenberg.
It was announced not long before that the Australian would leave Red Bull for 2019 and rumours had spread that he would join forces with Red Bull’s soon to be former engine supplier.
The announcement shakes up the grid in a big way as Ocon had been in contention for a Renault seat and Red Bull must now decide who will replace Ricciardo, with Sainz, Galsy and any number of other drivers all desperate to grab a seat in a top 3 team.
“It was probably one of the most difficult decisions to take in my career so far.” Said Ricciardo.
“But I thought that it was time for me to take on a fresh and new challenge. I realise that there is a lot ahead in order to allow Renault to reach their target of competing at the highest level but I have been impressed by their progression in only two years, and I know that each time Renault has been in the sport they eventually won. I hope to be able to help them in this journey and contribute on and off track.”
Renault team principal Cyril Abiteboul added:
“Daniel’s signing underscores our determination to accelerate our progress towards the forefront of the sport. It is also a recognition of the work accomplished over the past two and a half seasons. Daniel’s undoubted talent and charisma are a huge bonus and statement for the team. We will have to repay his faith in us by delivering the best car possible. We welcome him to our growing team in 2019 with a great deal of pride, but also humility.”