Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium - Daniel Ricciardo has justified his surprise decision to leave Red Bull for Renault in 2019 by saying he simply needed a change of scenery - but team-mate Max Verstappen was not convinced.
"If it is a change of scenery, I'm not sure if it's the best scenery to go to," the 20-year-old Dutchman told reporters at the Belgian Grand Prix on Thursday.
Ricciardo has won two races with Red Bull so far in 2018 but will join a team further down the pecking order that last won a race a decade ago, even if it is moving back up.
Red Bull will switch from Renault to Honda engines in 2019, and Ricciardo's decision has been seen by some as a sign that he was not convinced by what the Japanese manufacturer could offer.
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