For months, one of the main stories of Formula One surrounded the subject of Daniel Ricciardo, and his shock decision to leave Red Bull Racing and head to Renault instead.
The announcement was made mid-season last campaign, and sent shock waves throughout the F1 community, and considering that tensions were high at the time, most media sources cited Max Verstappen as the reason for Ricciardo’s sudden move.
The Red Bull teammates had collided a few times before that, and none were willing to take blame, leading to an inquest within the team that didn’t go down well with Ricciardo.
Now, the Australian has explained just why he decided to make the switch, and his words certainly hold weight.
Having suffered a disappointing retirement in his home race at Melbourne, things haven’t gone according to plan for the former Red Bull driver, but hopes are still high that come the end of the season, Renault could buck up and challenge the top three teams.
Max Verstappen, on the other hand, looks ready to fight for the World Championship, and his performance today proved he can hang with the two Mercedes drivers even though he had to be content with just a podium position.