Daniel Ricciardo has denied any regret over leaving Red Bull, saying he can’t see himself staying there even if he hadn’t.
Ricciardo shocked a lot of people when he announced that he would be leaving Red Bull for Renault at the end of the 2018 season. He was essentially going to a team that was in the midfield as compared to the top-order one he was leaving.
After the switch, he moved again in two years, this time to McLaren. He did so at the start of this season, and has won a race with the Woking team. However, Red Bull have gone from strength to strength, and are championship contenders this season.
Ricciardo denied any regret over leaving Red Bull, and said that he is happy with his career path.
“I think the truth is, even if I’d stayed, I’m not convinced I’d still be there this year,” Ricciardo told RacingNews365.com.
“I know everyone will say, ‘Red Bull could win the world title this year’, but I think even if I didn’t go to Renault and I did two more years at Red Bull, I’m not convinced I would still be there in 2021.
“I don’t think the move to Renault altered my Red Bull future too much.”
Not a growing environment
Ricciardo also stated that he was starting to get comfortable at Red Bull, and that it was inching towards complacency.
“This isn’t a knock to Red Bull, it’s more of a nod to me. I don’t know if I would have grown much at Red Bull,” Ricciardo explained.
“I touched on it at the time. Everything is very familiar. Already in 2018 I had some things (where I thought), ‘Am I getting complacent? Am I this, am I that?’
“So to stay in that same environment, I’m not sure I would have improved as a driver,” he concluded.
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