Ricciardo explains Silver Arrows talks
Daniel Ricciardo has revealed he grew tired of waiting on a potential switch to Mercedes before making his move to Renault.
The Australian shocked the world of F1 by deciding to leave Red Bull to join Renault, especially after he was linked with the likes of front-runners Mercedes and Ferrari.
Ricciardo has admitted he spoke with Mercedes but when a concrete offer failed to materialise he made the decision to look for a new challenge with the Renault team.
He told ESPN about discussions with the Silver Arrows: "I knew talks would take a bit of time probably and again, trying to feel each other out, but it got to June/July and maybe we had spoken a few times and we hadn't really got anywhere, so if you want to tell me otherwise, I will move on - that's cool.
"I guess it gets to the point like that with everyone where you want a black or white answer and that's it. I guess the games can wear a little thin.
"I don't even know if it's games, but circling around the edges, it's like - just go straight in! But these are all things I will learn, and I am sure there will be another time in my career where I will need to go through this process again.
"I am sure there's things I will do differently. I don't necessarily have any regrets, it's all just a learning process."
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