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Ricciardo test absence shows Red Bull 'afraid' of Renault

Renault executive director Marcin Budkowski believes it is "flattering" that Red Bull refused to release Daniel Ricciardo from his contract early enough so that he could test for his new team, Renault, in Abu Dhabi, as it shows Red Bull don't want to give any advantages to the French manufacturer ahead of 2019. During the 2018 Formula 1 season, Ricciardo surprised most when he opted to leave Red Bull at the end of his contract to jump ship to Renault, who were performing as a midtable outfit at the time. It was Renault's desire for the Australian to test his new car following the conclusion of the last Grand Prix of the campaign in Abu Dhabi, but Red Bull refused, claiming...
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