DANIEL RICCIARDO has lifted the lid on his determination to stop Crimson Bull for Renault.
The Aussie will make his debut for his new F1 staff this weekend in his house race after turning down the supply to stick with the Milton Keynes staff.
Ricciardo, 29, says the turning level got here after he and former team-mate Max Verstappen clashed because the Azerbaijan GP in Baku final season.
Ricciardo labelled the incident a “s***present” and says the Dutchman was responsible including that the staff’s failure to punish him satisfied him he wanted to depart.
He stated: “I struggled to let that go, the entire race and the aftermath. That performed a component in my determination. I by no means actually felt the identical after that.
“As quickly as I crashed into him, a part of me felt, ‘you guys deserved this, that was a s***present’.
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“If the roles were reversed, if I’d been in front and moved twice in the braking area and he’d run up the back of me, would things have been handled the same way?
“It was a question I kept coming back to.
“The team treated us as both equally at fault in that situation, where I think deep down they knew that it was their mistake and Max’s mistake. A lot of things didn’t sit well.”
Ricciardo also claims that he no longer felt loved by Red Bull after they had signed up Verstappen to a long-term deal worth around £16million a year.
He added: “There was nothing physical — it’s not like Max had, say, a better or newer front wing than me.
“But he committed to the team for so long so early and signed such a big deal, and there was a feeling for me that the team was thinking, ‘he’s put more faith in us than you have, and you’re taking so long to negotiate’.
“Perhaps Red Bull thought ‘you’re not going to go anywhere else’, but I think that’s the wrong mentality.
“I felt like I had to work too hard to justify what I wanted, and what the performances I’ve had say I should be worth. Perhaps the love just wasn’t there.”