It isn't much of a surprise that they aimed for Ricciardo, as they probably knew they'd be offered Sainz Jr. instead, because last year, when they made an inquiry into the signing of Sainz Jr. Red Bull offered them their reserve driver Buemi.
teabagyokel What I meant was that they didn't want Buemi, but Sainz, which is why they aimed for Ricciardo this time to get Sainz, as Red Bull would always offer them a driver who is not as important to them.
This is interesting - rumours that Renault have signed up the bloke from FIA who signs off all the dodgy new design ideas from the teams. He's now on 3 months gardening leave and the paddock isn't happy.
I think the concern is very justified. The man is privy to very sensitive technical information from ALL of the teams. An individual with such info would confer an enormous advantage upon any team that he would work for. Three months is an entirely inadequate amount of gardening leave for someone in such a position of trust.
IMO, if the FIA hopes to keep the trust of the teams, and doing so is essential to the survival of the sport, they must impose a gardening leave period of between 12 and 24 months on any individual in such a sensitive position.
After raving about Hamilton for one fifth of the show, Mr. Kravitz finally got around to speak about the Renault case and said that Mr. Budkowski had visited Mr. Horner/ Red Bull factory just one week ago and gained an insight into what they are doing for next season...
I applaud Renault for this signing.