Red Bull F1 boss Horner says team did everything to keep Ricciardo

Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner believes that his team did everything it could to retain Daniel Ricciardo for the 2019 Formula 1 season

Red Bull F1 boss Horner says team did everything to keep Ricciardo

After weeks of discussions the Australian was expected to sign a new contract shortly after the Hungarian GP.

However he opted instead for Renault and caught Horner and Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko by surprise when he informed them of his decision.

"We looked at it and I think we did everything that we possibly could to retain him," Horner told Autosport.

"He actually said this - he did the classic break-up - it not you, it's me! And I think he just genuinely wanted to take on a new challenge.

"I think he was also probably concerned about his value with the evolution of Max [Verstappen], and was probably uncertain about Honda at that time.

"Subsequently he's seen what we were talking about start to come to fruition.

"You always have a Plan B. I think once we understood that he was serious, that that was his mindset, it was a very easy decision to come to regarding Pierre Gasly."

Horner also insists that the team has not favoured Verstappen: "The number one driver in this team is the driver who is ahead on the track. That's the simple rule.

"And there is zero favouritism in the way that we operate the team, from one driver to the other. Daniel will tell you that very openly.

"Mexico was the first time that Daniel outqualified Max since Monaco. Max's qualifying performances have been huge, and that was probably part of Daniel's decision taking for the future."

Horner did acknowledge that Ricciardo had endured a frustrating time with reliability issues.

"I think it's been a difficult season for Daniel, he's had to cope with Max's continued evolution and, while issues have happened to both drivers, they've tended to happen to Daniel on a Sunday rather than Max," said Horner.

"The clutch bearing that Daniel had fail in Sunday in Mexico, Max had on Friday.

"In practice in Brazil Max's oil tower developed a leak and a crack that was there from Mexico, and thankfully it didn't stop the car there. And yet 12 months ago Max was having that bad luck."

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