Daniel Riccardo has agreed on a two-year deal to join the Renault in August, which means this Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be his last race after more than 10 years with Red Bull.
Ricciardo now reveals why he decided to quit Red Bull.
“I really want you all to hear this: I hope everyone understands that Red Bull is so much more than a brand. It’s a family, it’s a statement of what’s possible,” Ricciardo told the Players’ Tribune.
“If a team can do all this; win football leagues, build the fastest cars, sign the best gamers, run air races, what are we all capable of? Red Bull just does rad s**t, and I have loved being a part of it. I feel incredibly privileged to have driven for Red Bull Racing and been part of the Red Bull family for 10 years.
“They gave me my break, and without Dr. [Helmut] Marko spotting me all those years ago, I don’t think I would have been able to make my way to F1, to my dream job. I will remember this team, these great people, this family, forever. And that thought, right there, is when I found clarity.
“I’ve done so much with Red Bull… I’ve become who I’ve always wanted to be, right by their side. And I know, I know, that I can leave having given them my everything and having received the same in return. But I needed to listen to my heart, I needed to go it alone and make my own decision.
“Change is scary — it’s f**king terrifying. And I know the next part of my journey won’t always be easy, but I had to take this step to try to be the best version of me. That’s all it was. It was the next step, the next leap, a new challenge.”