Massa understands Ricciardo decision

10-08-2018 11:22
by Bobby Vincent
Massa understands Ricciardo decision

Former F1 driver Felipe Massa says that he understands Daniel Ricciardo's decision to leave Red Bull.

Last week, Daniel Ricciardo shocked the Formula One world when he announced that he would be leaving Red Bull at the end of the season and would be joining Renault instead.

The Constructors' Championship standings would indicate that Ricciardo is making a step down by moving to Renault, especially when he has shared his ambition to win a world championship in the future.

Some people believe Ricciardo has been offered a lucrative contract and that's the sole reason for his switch and even current boss at Red Bull, Christian Horner thinks he might come to regret the decision in the near future. 

However, former Ferrari driver Felipe Massa says that he understands the Aussie's decision.

"Daniel, like the rest of us, doesn't know what will happen with the Honda engines next year," Massa told Globo.

"He is also not very happy with Max Verstappen. It's a risk, and it may or may not work out."

Ricciardo will be teaming up with Nico Hulkenberg at Renault for the 2019 season, with Carlos Sainz Jr's future still looking uncertain, with McLaren reportedly interested.

Red Bull are reportedly considering offering Sainz the step-up and Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly has also been linked with joining his senior team.

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