Red Bull advisor Dr Helmut Marko hinted that Renault fooled Daniel Ricciardo into joining them this season.
The Australian signed a bumper contract with the French manufacturer in the off-season to join them from Red Bull, a move that shocked the motorsport community.
Renault promised progress, looking to retain their “best-of-the-rest” status from 2018, while they hoped to win races and Championships’ in a few years time.
However, things haven’t gone smoothly for the team so far this season, with reliability issues and a struggle to unlock the R.S.19’s pace leaving them P7 in the Constructors’ Championship.
Marko believes that Renault are “very good” at showing data to support their aims, but that Ricciardo fell for false promises.
“Renault is good at that,” Marko told Motorsport-Total.
“They showed us charts over and over again, showing the engine will be massive next year. He will have just believed it.”
“The story should read that he decides in the summer, whether he goes to Ferrari or Mercedes or remains with Red Bull,” Marko explained.
“That turned out to be very different from what he imagined, and very different from what the Netflix people wanted it to be.”
Marko was shocked when Ricciardo didn’t sign the one-year deal on offer from Red Bull.
“For me, it looked like everything was fine,” said Marko.
“We improved the offer and discussed everything he thought was in need of improvement, including personal sponsors he had from Australia, and that was a relatively long conversation.
“After the Hungary test, I already guessed that it would be no more.”