Aitken stands by Williams transfer, noticed Ricciardo departure coming
Williams reserve driver Jack Aitken says he noticed Daniel Ricciardo’s departure from Renault coming and nonetheless stands by his determination to go away the staff over the winter.
Aitken was Renault’s third and reserve driver final season however opted to maneuver to Williams forward of the 2020 season in a swap that was set to see him drive in at the least one FP1 session. With Ricciardo’s transfer to McLaren introduced final week, there’s now a emptiness at Aitken’s earlier staff however the Formulation 2 race winner says he doesn’t count on Renault to advertise considered one of its junior drivers.
“I want to say for probably the most half I did see one thing like this coming, and I’m not shocked that Daniel’s left,” Aitken (pictured at left, above, with Ricciardo) advised RACER. “I believe it’s the subsequent transfer of who they exchange him with that’s extra the rationale why I’m pleased to stay with my weapons. I noticed it coming, I’m simply not assured that they’re essentially as invested of their junior driver academy because the junior drivers may hope.
“I felt like there was much less probability of development there. There’s a whole lot of rumors — you most likely know greater than I do — (of) a sure Fernando (Alonso) sniffing round… In the event that they have been to usher in somebody like that I wouldn’t be shocked — they do appear to want a little bit of a staff chief — and I’d be considering, ‘Properly, what’s the purpose of being right here?’
“I did see extra of a path for development with Williams. I’m going to stay to my weapons right here and say I noticed it coming and it’s all going to end up nice! It’s positively one which I’m watching with a whole lot of curiosity, not simply due to my historical past with Renault however simply as a fan it’s an intriguing story, I believe.”
Aitken believes Renault shall be contemplating its personal future in F1 amidst the affect of the COVID-19 disaster, however says the entire firm will at all times be analyzing if its funding is value it.
“Except for one or two groups that you’d name the historic groups, like Ferrari, Williams and McLaren — these groups which were in for a very long time and for the foreseeable future they are going to be round, as a result of their purpose to be is to be in F1. Groups like Renault are a bit extra…. They could say they’re in it for the lengthy sport (however) realistically which means they’re in it for so long as it is smart for them.
“The world adjustments fairly quickly, as we’ve seen. I’ve at all times felt that (Renault) have been dedicated to F1; they’ve put some huge cash into it, however they haven’t had the success that they’ve wished. It’s at all times been one thing that has been hanging over the staff, I believe, particularly not too long ago. I’m fairly certain that the dialog is being had whether or not it’s value carrying on, put it that manner.
“That’s not one thing that’s new this 12 months — I believe it’s been hanging over them for a few years. It’s at all times going to be whereas it’s handy and is smart for the guardian firm.”
Hearken to the complete interview with Aitken within the podcast under:
Episode hyperlink: https://chrismedland.podbean.com/e/ep08-jack-aitken-i-saw-ricciardo-leaving-but-renault-replacing-from-outside/