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Curious move from Ricciardo. Not curious in the sense that he was always going to look for something away from Red Bull. History was clearly looking to repeat itself there and the only sensible thing was to get out. This one is curious in how Renault have changed their tune about how much money they wanted to spend on their long-term plan. Whatever the amount that is actually in Daniel's contract, it is almost certainly a significant amount. So why becomes the question? Would you spend that much money and change your philosophy just to get a name? Logic suggests that this represents a paradigm shift, and that paradigm must have something to do with either the amount of money that they are intending to spend on the car, or something that they have discovered in the car or engine that indicates major improvement coming. Theorise on this for example. What if Renault have an engine on the Dyno that is promising a major lift in horsepower? Introducing the engine now means also giving it to Red bull at some point. That means letting Red Bull in on the secret, and who wants that when their loyalty is out the door and getting in the taxi? That is just one thought though. If it were happening you would likely see that engine put into one car for the last couple of races for a little track time, and even then they wouldn't let it's potential become obvious.
So what (if anything) are Renault up to, one wonders?