Horner denies Alonso's Red Bull contract offer claim

Horner denies Alonso's Red Bull contract offer claim

Horner denies Alonso's Red Bull contract offer claim

While he agreed that there was an element of risk involved in his move to Renault, the key factor had been him "wanting to have a change of scenery" after 10 years in the Red Bull family.

Ricciardo stunned F1 this month when, instead of signing an expected new deal with Red Bull, he announced he was joining Renault from 2019. "Why Fernando's chosen to say that I'm not sure, I'm not sure whom he had the offer from".

French driver Pierre Gasly will replace the departing Daniel Ricciardo at Red Bull next season, the Formula One team announced on Monday.

It's really about moving on.

Now, the teams have to prepare for this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix.

Ferrari had been planning before the sudden death of former president Sergio Marchionne last month to promote Monegasque Charles Leclerc from Sauber, but the new management is said to have had a rethink.

Fernando Alonso has revealed that he turned down a chance to join Aston Martin Red Bull Racing for 2019, prior to his announcement that he would leave the sport at the end of the year.

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.

The Australian insists that his overriding desire to take on a fresh challenge which swung the balance towards Renault. I had Helmut (Marko, head of Red Bull's driver development program) on the phone and he told me that they would take their time to make the decision.

Ricciardo was asked if his move to Renault was to get away from Verstappen.

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After finishing ninth with eight points in 2016, they moved up to sixth on 57 points in 2017 and, after the first 12 races of 2018, now sit fourth on 82 points.

In comments made to British Broadcaster Sky, Alonso said he was approached by Red Bull sometime in August and also earlier in the season.

"Of course everybody has moments in their career where you're frustrated or you're not happy with the current situation", he said.

So there are a lot of things I had to digest and look over, but deep down I feel the trajectory they have been on has been strong.

A popular train of thought is that Ricciardo wanted to dodge a linkup with Honda with the Japanese manufacturer still yet to get a full grip on the Formula 1 engine regulations.

"One, they have never worked with me". If he could be in a competitive auto, I am sure Liberty would rather he stays than pursue the Triple Crown, so I wouldn't expect them to do anything different.

"I can see how you could feel burnt out or a bit over it".

"Once I pulled the trigger I felt comfortable with it". It wasn't easy. A few sleepless nights trying to come up with the best conclusion for myself, ' he told Fox Sports. F2, here, F1, I don't know.

"They have a winning mentality and a realistic way of going about it, which I liked", Ricciardo said.

There will be no more shoeys in Red Bull colours next year.

"I had an apology on email", he said.

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