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Horner thought Ricciardo ‘was joking' – report

Phoning Christian Horner on Thursday to say he won't be re-signing with Red Bull, the team boss reportedly thought Daniel Ricciardo 'was joking.' He wasn't. According to the Daily Mail, Ricciardo had 'agreed terms' with Red Bull that would see him stay on as Max Verstappen's team-mate for 2019. They had even bowed to his wish for a one-year deal. A pre-recorded clip announcing the renewal of his contract was completed, it just needed to be aired. Then came Thursday's phone call. Ricciardo reportedly blindsided Horner when he told him he had decided to instead sign with Renault having agreed a £20m-a-year deal for two seasons following 'covert discussions' with the French...
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