Renault is now the fourth team on the grid. If they can continue to improve the engine they might be the third team next year when Red Bull starts with Honda.
So that puts Ricciardo above Red Bull.
Hulkenberg is a good driver but I feel Ricciardo knows he can beat him. Don't forger that not that long ago Ricciardo was seen as the guy who beat Vettel and was a quali beast.
Max came and won his very first race mid season in a car that was build for Kvyat. With a fair bit of luck of course but impressive to say the least.
Marko is Max his greatest fan. Dieter stating that his dream and wish is to win the title with Max is nothing shy of admiration.
-Max beats Ricciardo now at qualifying.
-Max beats Ricciardo in the race when there is so problem with both the cars
-Ricciardo's market sharr has dropped a bit because of this
-He is with Red Bull from the beginning, a new team brings new chances and new positive (not pro Max) energy.
-He is not getting younger. Bold moves like this worked out for Hanilton in the past, that's what he has reffered to.
I see this happening. I hope for Ricciardo that he does. I think it will be better for him. For Max and the team i hope he stays because they work good together, for now, and he is a great guy.
Who will join Max at Red Bull...
The answer you've all been waiting for is a bit out of the box but would fit perfectly:
Kimi is great. Doesn't moan about stuff. Works great when Honda needs some good feedback. Experienced.
Something I would not trust to Gastly. It would be too soon for him. Sainz and Max won't work. Red Bull also see's that. Kimi is cheap also. The guy wants to race. Red Bull would do him good as long as they give him all the ice cream he wants.