Published: Mon, August 27, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Red Bull denies Fernando Alonso 2019 seat offer claim

Red Bull denies Fernando Alonso 2019 seat offer claim

Marko said he suspected Ricciardo's decision to leave after 10 years with Red Bull and Toro Rosso could only be as a result of the money Renault was able to offer - or the uncertainty surrounding Red Bull's move to Honda power units from next year.

His public comments followed less complimentary remarks by him and other members of the Red Bull team, about Alonso, while they were considering who to sign to replace Ricciardo.

Ricciardo stressed on Thursday that his decision to move teams was motivated by a personal desire to embark on a fresh start, rather than any negative factors within the Red Bull camp.

Pierre Gasly raced in the Japanese single-seater championship past year and the Frenchman came agonisingly close to winning the title, missing out by just half a point after the final round was cancelled due to a typhoon.

"If it is a change of scenery, I'm not sure if it's the best scenery to go to", Verstappen said.

"I have huge respect for Fernando, he is a great driver, a fantastic driver, but. he's tended to cause a bit of chaos wherever he's gone", Horner had told the official Formula One podcast.

He spent two years back at Renault (2008-2009) before going to Ferrari, where he produced some stellar drives only to see Red Bull and Vettel stomp home to four world titles. The Indy 500 I felt competitive previous year, and there are other series that can put you in a different level in motorsport, if you can win with different cars, in different series.

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"But it was the best I could do so I called Christian (Horner)".

"We did offer Fernando Alonso a contract, but that was back in 2007!" he told United Kingdom broadcaster Channel 4. And I can't help but feel he wants to be a leading role perhaps in a smaller environment. I felt it made my enjoyment for the sport a bit numb at times.

"If he could be in a competitive vehicle, I'm sure they would prefer him staying". By no means was it an easy decision at all and I feel I just got to a point where I felt I was ready for a change.

"Once I made that decision and pulled the trigger I felt comfortable with it and it feels right for next year ..."

"What I appreciate is the fact that Daniel has his position, he has his agenda, he has his situation, which I don't want to comment on", Abiteboul told Motorsport.com.

"I had an apology on email", he said. It's obviously been awesome and great and I just felt like now it's time to take on something new.

Ahead of this weekend's race in Belgium, marking the resumption of the season following its summer break, Red Bull named Pierre Gasly as Max Verstappen's 2019 team-mate. "Baku and that we had an incident and a couple of on-track things around ourselves but as far as [inequality] went within the team probably from the outside people thought that but hand on heart there was never any sign of that".

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