Now, the Spaniard double world champion has vocalized his side of the situation by claiming he's been approached multiple times for a contract offer by the Milton Keynes-based outfit. I think it's probably shown, particularly on Sundays, the desire is still 100 percent there.
"I've been pretty stressed all year, and now life feels pretty stress-free".
Red Bull Racing claim that they had met all of Ricciardo's demands, with negotiations being carried on throughout the Austrian Grand Prix weekend.
"For me it is a bye bye, but who knows - things change quickly".
"He owes me a drink", said a smiling Ricciardo, who sat next to Gasly at Thursday's news conference.
"I can see how you could feel burnt out or a bit over it". Now, they say that they are loyal to their programme and to their commitments to their junior drivers.
"It's a massive step in my career and now I need to stay focused on the coming races because we are talking about next year but there are still nine races to go with Toro Rosso".
Ricciardo agreed Honda still needed to prove itself, but said Renault also contained an element of risk and the key factor had been him "wanting to have a change of scenery" after 10 years in the Red Bull family.
He added: "I'm sad to move on, absolutely, but excited by the challenge at Renault". In the end [with] the deal we had all come to a happy place with it, in the end it was up to me.
His two-year return to Renault was a stop-gap before he joined Ferrari in 2010, but he left the Scuderia after five seasons, having finished as runner-up three times.
"To be clear, there was no falling out or any bad blood with anyone in the team, nothing at all.
I know the contract stuff people pretty much assumed I was done with Red Bull and ready to sign but I'm pretty sure I always said I was close to doing something but I never said it was 100% going to be with Red Bull so there wasn't anything that changed overnight which caused this decision". "He apologized on email and hopefully he will apologize again this weekend".
"Seventeen seasons is a lot and I have huge respect for that because it's not easy".
Ricciardo also refuted the suggestion his move was down to a fear of staying alongside current teammate Max Verstappen, something suggested by Red Bull boss Christian Horner after the news became official.