Daniel Ricciardo Joins Renault For 2019 Season
Daniel Ricciardo knows how to turn a quiet summer break into a frenzy and yesterday, the announcement was made (more like a bombshell) that Daniel Ricciardo was ending his contract with Red Bull Racing and moving to the Renault Sport Formula One team for the 2019 Formula 1 season.
This comes after weeks of rumours and speculation about his contract negotiations with Red Bull Racing with most of us, if not all – expecting him to remain at Red Bull Racing.
The news was confirmed with a press release on the Renault Sport Formula One website and below, you can see all the details.
Renault Formula One Statement
Renault Sport Formula One Team is pleased to confirm Daniel Ricciardo will join the team from the 2019 season. He will team up with current driver Nico Hülkenberg.
Twenty-nine-year-old Daniel, who hails from Perth, Australia, joins Renault Sport Formula One Team for the next two seasons.
Daniel has secured seven Grands Prix wins and stepped onto the podium 29 times. He is already very familiar with the Renault family, having driven in Renault junior series between 2007 and 2011 and has been powered by Renault engines in F1 since 2014.
Jérôme Stoll, President, Renault Sport Racing
“Renault decided to come back to Formula One to fight for World Championships.”
“Signing Daniel Ricciardo is a unique opportunity for the Groupe Renault towards this objective that could not be missed. We welcome Daniel’s arrival to our team, still in the making, but more motivated than ever.”
Cyril Abiteboul, Managing Director, Renault Sport Racing
“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.”
“It was probably one of the most difficult decisions to take in my career so far. 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.”
Let’s not forget the tweet from Daniel Ricciardo’s future team-mate, Nico Hulkenberg who shared this picture below.