Daniel Ricciardo has raced for the last time for Red Bull Racing following the conclusion of the Formula 1 season.
The Australian-born racer announced he would be leaving Red Bull in August, after a five-year stint with the team, and instead will be racing for Renault from the 2019 season.
Ricciardo finished fourth in Abu Dhabi and was met with an emotional message from his team as he was performing his slow-down lap.
“Great drive today. It’s been an absolute pleasure having you in our team for the last five seasons,” the radio message began.
“Seven victories. All the podiums. All the high moments. We’re going to miss you.
“We wish you all the best for the future and we’ll hold very fondly the moments that we had together, so enjoy this slow-down lap.”
While the message was a nice touch, many in the Formula 1 world felt that Ricciardo’s last race was an accurate representation of his whole time with the Red Bull team.
Leading the race for 15 laps in Abu Dhabi, Ricciardo had to take a pit late into the contest and was unable to catch the front three, settling for a fourth place finish.
The result cemented his place in sixth position on the driver’s standings, following a disappointing final campaign which produced just two wins and eight retirements in the last 20 races.
Ricciardo’s last victory came back in May, where he was victorious in the Monaco Grand Prix, but since then, the season has consisted of frustration followed by more frustration.
The 29-year-old will be hoping that a change in team will signify a change in fortune on the track.
During his five seasons with Red Bull, Ricciardo managed two third place championship finishes, and he, along with Renault, will be hoping that he can change those nearly moments into world championship victories.News Now - Sport News