Mathew Carter on Missed Apex podcast said he was told by people in the know @ the final race in Abu Dhabi about what went down with Ricciardo & Red Bull before he chose renault.
It's a good listen.
He says that Red Bull have always paid their drivers very low retainers but filled them out with great bonus's but this changed with Max's new deal. Ricciardo asked for the same sort of deal (but not quite as much as what Max was on) and Red Bull said no, and left their original offer on the table believing he would swallow his pride and take it, they ended up offering him what he asked for at the last moment, but the whole ordeal was enough to show Dan he would not get the support Max would be getting going forward & he actually ended up accepting less money from Renault than Red Bulls final offer.
It's a tough business. Maybe Ricciardo could have gotten what Max got if he was the one showing confidence in the team extending the deal long before the contract was over. But Ricciardo wanted a one year deal after waiting for Merc and Ferrari and apparently for the same money as Max? Doesn't work like that buddy...
Nothing to do with swallowing his pride IMO, the situations were completely different.
Edited by A3, 05 February 2019 - 07:03.