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Alonso rejected chance to join Red Bull

27 August, 2018, 01:19 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • Red Bull powerbroker Helmut Marko has accused Daniel Ricciardo of misleading the organisation about his future

The two-time F1 world champion - who has been successful this year in the World Endurance Championship, including winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans - has been linked with a switch to IndyCar. I did not say because as I said also last week because there are probably only two teams which can win and they continue with their drivers for the following years.

"If it is a change of scenery, I'm not sure if it's the best scenery to go to", 20-year-old Dutchman Verstappen told reporters.

"But the important thing for me is that I have to be prepared for whatever I'm doing".

As a row over claims and counter-claims about Red Bull's offers to give the retirement-bound Spaniard a seat in Formula One next year continued on Friday, both sides' views were aired.

"A couple of months ago, I decided it was the right time". He knows the Renault product very well from all the time he's spent with us. "For me it's bye-bye, but who knows in the future?"

He said, "I'm not quite sure, maybe Franz [Tost, Toro Rosso team principal] has made him an offer".

But he said he might have stayed in F1 had he had a winning auto.

"Because what you have here is more or less what your vehicle will give you the possibility to do".

"I don't feel like my presence in the team this year has changed".

"And the F1 we see now is the not the F1 I dreamed of when I was a kid or when I started in 2001".

"There was back and forth over the last few months".

Since leaving Renault for McLaren after his second title triumph in 2006, Alonso's bid for more F1 championships has unravelled.

I can understand that, but it's a pity because he is one of the strongest drivers. But he sees Max growing and growing in terms of speed and strength and he doesn't want to play a support role ... not that they're in any way treated any different.

Alonso's decision was one of a series of driver moves announced over the summer break, which ends with the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend.

Red Bull have already announced 22-year-old Frenchman Pierre Gasly will replace Ricciardo in 2019, a move that has raised eyebrows, with former driver Derek Daly questioning whether Gasly and Max Verstappen will be able to develop the auto to the same level Ricciardo was able to.

He said: "It was by no means an easy decision".

"Life also taught me in the past how things may change".

"That sounds easy saying it like that, but it wasn't easy".

"Daniel called me on Thursday to inform me of the decision to leave the team at the end of the season".

Red Bull have struggled for consistency this year, but have managed to win three races, with two of those coming from Ricciardo.

"So that is why I wanted to come and check out Super Formula first-hand".

"I think everybody here wants to win races or wants to win championships but sometimes it's not like that and you have to really be patient and work hard for it".

"It's still going to be a bit of a process but a process which is moving forward pretty rapidly".

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