Abiteboul on Ricciardo exit: ‘unity and commitment’ critical
Friday 15th May, 2020 - 7:43am
Renault Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul has expressed the “critical values” of mutual “unity and commitment” in comments which do not mention the outgoing Daniel Ricciardo by name.
The move has been confirmed as part of a domino effect which has seen McLaren incumbent Carlos Sainz sign with Scuderia Ferrari to take the seat which will be vacated by Sebastian Vettel.
Renault’s statement in response read, “Within the unprecedented context of the 2020 season, discussions held with Daniel Ricciardo concerning a renewal of his contract beyond the end of 2020 have not been successful.”
A brief comment from Abiteboul followed.
“In our sport, and particularly within the current extraordinary situation, reciprocated confidence, unity and commitment are, more than ever, critical values for a works team,” he said.
“I am confident that the 2020 season will allow us to accomplish even more together.
“Our ambitions and the strategy of Renault DP World F1 Team remain unchanged.”
Ricciardo left Red Bull Racing, with which he had achieved seven Formula 1 race wins, for the Renault factory team at the end of 2018.
However, Ricciardo failed to grace the podium last year and Renault was beaten to fourth in the constructors’ championship by McLaren, which is presently its engine customer but will change to Mercedes power in 2021.
F1 is targeting a belated start to the 2020 season with races at Austria’s Red Bull Ring on the weekends of July 4-5 and 11-12.