F1: Renault made a bold attempt to pinch Daniel Ricciardo from Red Bull for 2018

RENAULT made a bold attempt to grab Daniel Ricciardo from Red Bull for the 2018 Formula 1 season as part of the deal to cancel Toro Rosso’s engine contract.

Multiple sources with good knowledge of the situation have revealed the Ricciardo bid happened during the complicated negotiations that allowed McLaren and Toro Rosso to swap their Honda and Renault engine supplies for next year.

Renault has been on the hunt for a new teammate for Nico Hulkenberg next year, and sensed a good opportunity to get one of Red Bull’s roster in exchange for letting Toro Rosso switch to Honda.

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Although Red Bull has ultimately agreed to release Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr for 2018 — on the proviso that he could be brought back for the following year if he is needed — it has emerged he was not the only driver Renault targeted during talks.

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