Daniel Ricciardo has responded to Christian Horner’s opinion that the timing of his Pink Bull departure was “spectacularly dangerous”, and had a “stratospheric provide” on the desk for him to remain.
Ricciardo shocked the paddock as he left the workforce on the finish of 2018 for what turned a comparatively ill-fated transfer to Renault, earlier than he joined McLaren after two years with the French marque.
Horner felt Ricciardo doubted the flexibility of Honda to have the ability to energy Pink Bull to a title-winning marketing campaign, however he was confirmed improper by Max Verstappen profitable the title.
“Daniel might see Max within the ascendancy and he didn’t need to turn into the second driver,” Horner not too long ago stated to The Weekend Australian.
“His timing was spectacularly dangerous as a result of clearly he had doubts concerning the Honda engine after which [Honda] went on to show it was a aggressive energy unit and a race-winning bundle.’’
However whereas the Australian hopes to make his mark together with his present workforce, he stated he isn’t bothered by the “narrative” surrounding his Pink Bull departure – and did what he felt was finest for his future on the time.
“Clearly, I’d like to win a title with McLaren after which type of say ‘I informed you so’ or no matter,” Ricciardo stated to the Herald Solar.
“However I admire till that occurs then there’ll in all probability be that narrative with lots of people.
“That’s okay, it doesn’t trouble me. I additionally knew that it was going to return with the territory of leaving a giant workforce and clearly on the time I felt like that was the proper factor for me.
“You type of stand by that and it actually did really feel like the proper factor.”
He added that he “knew” that Pink Bull would compete on the entrance once more finally, and that there have been a number of elements behind him leaving the workforce.
“It’s not one thing I look again on and remorse or suppose I ought to have finished in a different way,” Ricciardo said.
“However I suppose as nicely now Pink Bull are again on prime or combating once more for the World titles, I knew that will come round as nicely.
“There are additionally loads of issues internally within the workforce so it’s not simply [about] ‘the automobile is quick, you need to have stayed’.”
McLaren have had a poor begin to the season after being on an upward trajectory over the previous few seasons, with Ricciardo and team-mate Lando Norris hoping to catch up quickly after workforce principal Andreas Seidl admitted their rivals had merely finished “a greater job” in growing their 2022 automobile.