Cape Town - Daniel Ricciardo is jumping ship to Renault in the hope of a
new challenge, and that's exactly what faces him with Cyril Abiteboul conceding
he won't have a race winning car until 2020.
Ricciardo recently shocked the Formula 1 community when he
announced he would be leaving Red Bull at the end of this season.
Although Red Bull insisted they were willing to meet all of
the Aussie's demands, Ricciardo revealed he wanted a new challenge with
Next season the 29-year-old will partner Nico Hulkenberg
with Renault's F1 boss Abiteboul saying his signing is recognition of the
improvement Renault has made over the past year.
"His commitment proves our will to accelerate the
catching-up process to the top teams," he told Auto Motor und Sport.
"It is also recognition of the work we have done over
the past two and a half years.
"The talent and charisma of Daniel are a big bonus for
"We have to repay that trust by providing him with the
best possible car."
However, Abiteboul admits Ricciardo will have to wait at
least a season before he wins his first grand prix as a Renault driver.
"We sold him on the goal of fighting for championships
in 2021 and to start winning, I hope, in 2020, but not before," he told
France's Auto Hebdo.