Red Bull admit atmosphere has changed since Ricciardo departure
Helmut Marko, head of the Red Bull driver development program, says that the atmosphere within the team changed after the departure of Daniel Ricciardo to Renault for 2019.
Ricciardo is not particularly known for being the most serious of characters within the Formula One paddock, his quick wit matching his pace on the track. Losing a character like 'The Honey Badger' would leave a hole in any any team, but at a team where an extra emphasis always seems to be placed on 'fun', this loss was always going to be felt more.
"The atmosphere in the team is good, but it is not as jovial since he went," said Marko in an interview with Germany's Motorsport-Magazin.com. "It was a bit of a shock to the whole team when he went to Renault.
"He is also one of the fastest drivers and can catch up excellently when he needs to. His jokes are also missed."
Replaced initially with Frenchman Pierre Gasly, for the first 12-Grand Prix of the year before Gasly himself was replaced by Alex Albon, Red Bull have not found an instant replacement for race winner Ricciardo.
GPFans is a multi-platform, multi-language brand dedicated to Formula One coverage. We bring you all the ins and outs of the sport, 24/7, everything from up-to-the-minute news and features to the latest viral stories and clips.
We believe that a new generation of exciting, outspoken drivers will make F1 more popular than ever before, and we want to give our users access to as much of their heroes as possible, on and off the track. From Lewis Hamilton to Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo to Sebastian Vettel, we provide in-depth analysis of every every Grand Prix in the season, from Australia to Abu Dhabi.
With Formula One under the new ownership of Liberty Media, how the sport is being covered is evolving, and GPFans will look to be at the heart of this progression into new media, as one of the fastest-growing sites covering the king of motorsports.