Published: Mon, August 27, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Alonso and Horner in Red Bull row

Alonso and Horner in Red Bull row

Ricciardo blindsided the F1 community earlier this month by revealing he would be partnering Nico Hulkenberg at Renault in 2019 rather than staying at Red Bull to drive alongside Max Verstappen. Outside F1 I am discovering other series outside motorsport which give you different challenges and makes you more complete driver.

"It was a decision that probably I started thinking about last year, and then this year, 2018, there were a lot of changes in the team so I thought that it was worth staying one more year".

Alonso said he did not expect to return to F1.

Meanwhile, the Force India Formula One team will race in this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix as a new mid-season entry stripped of 2018 constructors' championship points, the FIA governing body said on Thursday.

"In Hungary, he said to both me and Mr. Mateschitz that everything fits, and he'll sign on Tuesday at the test".

"A couple of months ago, I decided it was the right time. For me, it's a bye-bye, but who knows in the future". "But you know, life changes very quickly".

When asked if he was referring to Red Bull and an offer to replace Ricciardo, he said: "Yes".

"From Red Bull, in fact, l had in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and two this year - one in Monaco and one in August", Alonso said.

"I don't think he was impressed by Red Bull's communications strategy, vis a vis Renault, vis a vis Honda, and how ideal Honda is", Abiteboul told Motorsport.com in Spa.

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He's since won five Champions Leagues and five Ballon d'Or awards, as well as the Euro 2016 crown with Portugal. Cuadrado is now donning the number 16 jersey at Juventus.

Without divulging the intimate details of their negotiations, Abiteboul said Renault convinced Ricciardo to come across even though it wasn't the highest bidder.

There is some element of risk associated with every choice I had and it was tough, he added to Sky F1.

Ticktum contested two Super Formula races earlier this year with Mugen and said he would be open to a full campaign next season, when the series introduces its faster SF19 auto that will reduce its pace deficit to F1 even further.

'That sounds easy saying it like that - it wasn't. If he could be in a competitive auto, I'm sure they would prefer him to be staying than pursuing his Triple Crown. "A few sleepless nights for sure trying to come up with the best conclusion for myself".

Its power units, supplied by Renault, aren't on the same level with what the Silver Arrows and Scuderia have in their cars and it's cost Ricciardo and teammate Max Verstappen race wins.

The Spaniard's comments appeared to be at odds with Red Bull boss Christian Horner, who suggested after Ricciardo's decision that Alonso was not under consideration.

With Red Bull, one thing which has had me frustrated is the expectation is to win.

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