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Renault wanted Ricciardo as part of engine deal

Renault made a bold attempt to try to get Daniel Ricciardo off Red Bull for 2018 as part of the deal to cancel its engine contract with Toro Rosso, multiple sources with good knowledge of the situation have revealed. One of the key parts of the complicated jigsaw that has allowed McLaren and Toro Rosso to swap engines for next year was arranging an incentive for Renault to shift its customer supply from Faenza to Woking. Renault has been on the hunt for a new teammate for Nico Hulkenberg next year, and the French car manufacturer sensed a good opportunity to get one of Red Bull’s roster in exchange for letting Toro Rosso switch to Honda. Although Red Bull has ultimately agreed to release...
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