ENSTONE, England (Reuters) – Hand on heart, and kitted out in new black and yellow overalls, Daniel Ricciardo says it feels right to be with Renault — even if he has yet to develop a Frenchman’s taste for frogs’ legs and snails.
The smiling Australian, a seven times race winner with Red Bull, is preparing for a new chapter in his Formula One career at a team eager to get back to the top after returning as constructors in 2016.
Decision - Plenty - Nights - Mind - Flight
His decision was not an easy one, with plenty of nights spent agonizing before he made his mind up on a flight from London to Los Angeles last August, but he has no doubts now about the move.
“Even if I really didn’t feel it, I’d probably try and make up something that it did feel right. But, hand on heart, it does feel right,” Ricciardo told reporters ahead of the launch of his team’s new car on Tuesday.
Process - Call
“The process of deciding what to do was stressful but once I’d literally made the call, I was instantly de-stressed and that hasn’t changed.”
The Australian’s relaxed and bubbly personality, and laughing manner, have already put a spring in the step of his new team mates.
Ricciardo - Factory - Workforce - Hand - Monday
Ricciardo had the assembled factory workforce eating out of his hand as he addressed them on Monday night, assuring them he was “stoked” and “it all feels real now in the suit.
“I definitely feel part of the team,” he declared. “From the few...
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