Red Bull has offered its thanks to Daniel Ricciardo after it was announced that the Australian would leave the team at the end of the season. The 29-year-old joined the energy drink squad in 2014, and has taken seven wins in his stint in the hybrid era.
Ricciardo is set to take up a place at Renault alongside Nico Hulkenberg in search of a new challenge. Speaking about Ricciardo's unexpected departure, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner wished his driver all the best for the future and thanked him for his service.
"We fully respect Daniel’s decision to leave Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and we wish him all the best in his future," he said. "We would like to thank him for his dedication and the role he has played since joining the team in 2014, the highlights of course being the seven wins and the 29 podiums he has achieved so far with us.
"We will now continue to evaluate the numerous options available to us before deciding on which driver partners Max Verstappen for the 2019 season. In the meantime, there are still nine races left in 2018 and we are fully focused on maximising every opportunity for Max and Daniel for the remainder of the season."