Watch: Daniel Ricciardo laments quitting Red Bull over the phone

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Daniel Ricciardo surprised Red Bull and many in the F1 paddock with his unexpected decision to switch to Renault next year.

Ricciardo said he wanted a change in scenery and routine after being associated with Red Bull for a decade.

“It was more just the routine, going to the same factory year after year. I felt it made my enjoyment for the sport a bit numb at times,” Ricciardo said.

However, he admitted severing ties with the company over the phone was not the right thing to do.

“I would have liked to have done it in person and face to face. A bit more like an adult man about it,” Ricciardo said.

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Watch: Carlos Sainz says Formula One is 'too predictable'

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Carlos Sainz believes Formula One is too predictable at the moment and requires a change to make it more interesting.

The driver, who will replace Fernando Alonso at McLaren, offered his opinion on how to add more unpredictability to F1 ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix.

“I think it should be down more to the driver and what the driver can make as a difference,” Sainz said.

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Fernando Alonso refuses to close door on Formula One return

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Fernando Alonso left the door open for a possible return to Formula One on Thursday when he explained he was saying goodbye to the sport, but could not forecast the future.

The two-time world champion, who it is claimed turned down an offer from Red Bull before announcing his F1 exit, said: “I don’t have a crystal ball to know the future. For me, it’s a bye-bye, but who knows in the future.”

“Right now I am thinking that it is a goodbye, but life changes very quickly and life also taught me in the past how things may change in a couple of months’ time or in years’ time,” said Alonso.

He told a news conference ahead of this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix that “it was a decision that probably I started thinking about last year.

“And then this year, 2018, there were a lot of changes into the team and with the engine manufacturer changes and things like that.

“I thought it was worth staying one more year. I enjoy driving these cars with new regulations, big tyres, more down-force and this year was some kind of joy to keep racing and to have another go.

“A couple of months ago, I decided it was the right time. I feel strong, feel a good level and want to say bye-bye to this sport when I am strong, not when I am not competitive or have no place to go.

“I prefer to take my own decision and take new challenges that Formula One cannot offer me at the moment.”

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