Unfortunately, the team have struggled this season and were knocked off their perch as ‘Best of the Rest’ by McLaren. To that end, Red Bull advisor, Helmut Marko believes that Daniel Ricciardo has been lured with ‘false promises’.
For the past few years, Red Bull fielded Ricciardo and Max Verstappen in a power-packed lineup. So, it came as a massive shock when the ‘Honeybadger’ announced that he would make the switch to Renault.
At the time of the announcement, the 30-year old divulged that he was taking on a new challenge. The Aussie was obviously encouraged by the plans that Renault laid out in front of him. Given the animosity between Red Bull and Renault due to their time together as engine partners, the unexpected move caused a lot of turmoil.
Speaking to Motorsport-Total, Helmut Marko said, “At that time, it initially looked like everything was just right. We had presented him with an improved version of the contract and adjusted everything he wanted to see differently. They were a number of long but good conversations.”
“That could be good. We also showed them promising graphs and engine performance for the coming season. Daniel probably believed that, but is perhaps a little misled, “he concludes.”
Now, Daniel Ricciardo has been retained for the 2020 season and will be joined by Esteban Ocon. Clearly, Ricciardo has put a lot of faith in Renault for the coming seasons and believes that they will come good. The French manufacturer’s glory days were in the 2005 and 2006 seasons with Fernando Alonso. So they would probably be aiming to repeat that with the Australian and the Frenchman