The Spaniard insists that winning in other categories is the best way for him to leave a legacy after he has been unable to extend his tally of two F1 world championships.
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However, that did not happen, with Horner continuing: "He drove the vehicle on Tuesday in the test in Hungary, and then I think the flight to America on holiday he decided actually he wanted, despite having everything that he'd asked for, that it still didn't feel right and that he wanted to do something else". "This year, particularly the first part of the year, I guess up until Monaco, was an fantastic start for me, so many positives".
"To be clear, there was no falling out, no bad blood or anything with anyone in the team - with the bosses or anyone at all".
Australian F1 star Daniel Ricciardo revealed why he quit Red Bull for Renault - and reveals his real feelings about his hotshot Dutch teammate Max Verstappen.
"It was nothing to do with the driver decision", said Abiteboul.
"I guess I got to a point where I felt I was ready for a change", he said.
"I was really torn with what to do and that process took time".
"That is why it was also a bit of a surprise for me that he left".
'That sounds easy saying it like that - it wasn't.
"Why Fernando's chosen to say that to you, I'm not quite sure".
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He said the decision had been a long time coming, rather than one made in the spur of the moment.
Instead, the Aussie agreed on a two-year deal to join Renault, Red Bull's soon-to-be-ex engine partner.
But he admitted the decision came after some soul-searching about his future and whether he even wanted to carry on racing.
The divorce has been messy in parts.
"I feel like I've grown with Red Bull, they've turned me from a little junior driver into a Formula One driver, and I feel it's now time for me to make those next adult steps and move forward".
Recall that Daniel ricciardo will be leaving Red Bull at the end of the season.
"No is the short answer", Ricciardo replied, adding that perceptions that Verstappen was the team's designated No. 1 were inaccurate, albeit understandable. He knows the Renault product very well from all the time he's spent with us.
"The competition between he and Max is intense". I think it's probably shown, particularly on Sundays, the desire is still 100 percent there. You look at the rational reasons for that, it's hard to understand. At the moment, Formula One is not giving me the challenges I'm looking for.
"I think that's what Red Bull is working on at the moment and I'm confident that they can deliver a auto which is capable of winning every race, we just need the whole package".
"It wasn't about money, it wasn't about status, it wasn't about position or commitment or duration".
That tells me that it's for now the right decision and I'm comfortable with that. "It might be an inspired choice, it might be one he regrets".
According to Marko, Ricciardo led the team to believe that he would sign his new deal with Red Bull on the final day of the testing event at the Hungaroring (Wednesday, August 1 AEST).
"In Hungary, he told Mr".