Official: Daniel Ricciardo leaves Red Bull Racing at the end of the year

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Red Bull Racing announced on Friday that Daniel Ricciardo will leave the team after the end of the 2018 championship. The Australian is yet to reveal which squad he will drive for as of 2019.

Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner praised the dedication Riccirdo showed towrads the team.

“We fully respect Daniel’s decision to leave Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and we wish him all the best in his future. We would like to thank him for his dedication and the role he has played since joining the Team in 2014, the highlights of course being the seven wins and the 29 podiums he has achieved so far with us.

The Briton revealed that the team has a list of drivers it can choose from as the replacement for Ricciardo.

“We will now continue to evaluate the numerous options available to us before deciding on which driver partners Max Verstappen for the 2019 season. In the meantime, there are still nine races left in 2018 and we are fully focused on maximising every opportunity for Max and Daniel for the remainder of the season.”

The Perth-born driver joined the Red Bull familiy in 2008. As part of its junior team, Ricciardo won numerous titles. and made his F1 debut in 2011 at the British Grand Prix. After two seasons with Scuderia Toro Rosso, Daniel joined Red Bull's main team in 2014 and to date has brought the team seven victories, 29 podium finishes, two pole positions and 904 championship points.