(Motorsport-Total.com) – Daniel Ricciardo's move from Renault to McLaren is to be officially confirmed on Thursday . The head of the Renault Group in Formula 1, Cyril Abiteboul, was informed about it on Wednesday – and apparently surprised by the early decision of his draft horse. Because a few days ago he hoped to be able to continue the project started with Ricciardo.
“We like Daniel. We have brought him in for our project and this project is clearly not yet over. Both from the team side and from Daniel's side,” said Abiteboul in an issue of Vodcasts of the British pay TV broadcaster Sky .
The Frenchman is likely to It is already dawned that the infamous “Foolish Season” could be a bit more turbulent this year than usual: “Because of the corona virus, the 'Foolish Season' started for the first time before the actual racing season began!”
The circumstances are therefore “strange”. The original Realizing battle, to let a few races pass, to see where you stand – and then to talk about a contract extension. Now, despite the corona crisis, Renault has to “think about the future”, says Abiteboul and adds: “I believe that together we can achieve better results than before. That is the goal.”
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” We have a strategy, the original realizing battle, substantial ins 2021 er-Auto. Now the new rules have a year on 2022 This does not mean that we are going to write off this year and next, because it is clear to the usa that we want Daniel to remain part of this construction . “
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A wish that has now burst. Renault has signed the seven-time Mountainous Prix winner in the summer 2018 even Esteban Ocon canceled , who is ironically now Ricciardo's teammate – and opened the cornucopia: Because of A lawsuit is known that the annual fee at around 25 million euros creep.
Who will replace Ricciardo stands according to information from 'Motorsport-Total .com 'not yet fixed. Formula 1 expert Martin Brundle can imagine a comeback of Fernando Alonso at Renault – for the third time after 2002 to 2006 and 2008 to 2009. What is once plausible: Industry experts assume that Alonso wants to drive Formula 1 again at any price.
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Abiteboul: “The focus must be on our Discipline fabric in the next two years to ensure that every driver who will go to the launch for usa. in the future has the best chance of expecting Renault's expectations at the latest 2022. “
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“We come from good winter tests, but have absolutely no answers as to how fast our car actually is. I would like to know more. But we have to concentrate on the USA we have to do, became the best for the team. The team comes first, before individuals. That includes Daniel. “
Abiteboul also mentions the Renault academy in the interview,” in which we have invested a lot. Goal of this academy battle, 2021 to bring a talent to Formula 1. This is next year. ” But none of the currently six kids is pressing for immediate transportation. Next up are the Formula 2 drivers Christian Lundgaard and Zhou Guanyu.
According to Abiteboul, an academy driver “could also be an option”. But he restricts: “We will see whether it is one that we will perceive. But we cannot make Renault's entire future dependent on a particular person. That is certain. Even if this particular person is very important to me . “