Fernando Alonso has won two Formula 1 titles, so perhaps it is a little odd to suggest that another driver still craving world championship success should try to avoid ending up like him. The trouble with Alonso is that in the wider story of his career, the champion narrative has been replaced by one that reads 'what could have been'.
This is the fate Daniel Ricciardo risks if he rolls the dice and leaves Red Bull after this season. He is the best driver on the grid yet to win a title, so it is not at all surprising for the likes of McLaren and Renault to sniff around him given he is available. What would be surprising, if not completely nonsensical, is if Ricciardo chooses to join them.
Ricciardo has admitted a partial interest in striking out on his own to repeat Lewis Hamilton's success story - the Briton left McLaren to become Mercedes' leading man. Three world titles have followed for Hamilton, so the temptation is clear.