Red Bull's Horner denies making offer to Fernando Alonso

Never one to dwell too long, however, Horner now looked forward to the prospect of welcoming Pierre Gasly to the senior team at the beginning of next season.

Red Bull is turning on Daniel Ricciardo following the Australian Formula One ace's imminent switch to Renault.

He told a news conference that "it was a decision that probably I started thinking about previous year". Abiteboul says Ricciardo knows exactly what he's getting himself into, and that the driver's decision wasn't the result of a late improved financial offer from the team. "This year, particularly the first part of the year, I guess up until Monaco, was an incredible start for me, so many positives". By no means was it an easy decision at all and I feel I just got to a point where I felt I was ready for a change. "I'm superexcited about this new challenge". "Honestly, there wasn't one key factor other than really myself and wanting to have a change of scenery".

"It wasn't necessarily the engine deal or finances".

"We haven't gotten that far yet", Marko said when asked if he plans to start a new two-car squad or place his drivers in any of the existing teams. "It was not the time for me to join that adventure. There were a few sleepless nights but once I made the decision I feel comfortable with it". "If he wanted a change of scenery I'm not sure it's the best scenery to go to".

"But I don't think he was impressed by Red Bull's communications strategy, vis a vis Renault, vis a vis Honda, and how flawless Honda is".

"So that was pretty much how it all ended, or how my decision came".

"I prefer to take my own decision and find new challenge that maybe F1 can not offer me at the moment".

Alonso did not confirm he would race in IndyCar next year, but said: "The triple crown is something I have been saying for a couple of years now".

"We did offer Fernando Alonso a contract, but that was back in 2007!" he told United Kingdom broadcaster Channel 4.

According to Marko, Ricciardo led the team to believe that he would sign his new deal with Red Bull on the final day of the testing event at the Hungaroring (Wednesday, August 1 AEST).

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"In Hungary, he told (Red Bull owner) Mr (Dietrich) Mateschitz and me that he was OK with everything and that he was going to sign during the test on Tuesday".

Ricciardo is fifth in the drivers' standings behind the Mercedes and Ferrari pairings.

Hamilton, who was Alonso's team-mate at McLaren in 2007 when they tied on points and number of wins, added: "He has been arguably the best driver I have ever driven against and I wish him all the best". It was OK, a call I had to make.

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