But ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix, Alonso has revealed that he was offered a seat at Red Bull next year, following the departure of Daniel Ricciardo who will join Renault Sport Formula One Team next year. "I don't think it would be great to put this sort of light on Daniel".
"We did offer Fernando Alonso a contract, but that was back in 2007!"
"One, they have never worked with me".
"It was just a thinking process in his own mind, he needed maybe the time a couple of days into the break to make this final decision, but there was not anything new on the our side in the last moments". One which for sure made me a little nervous, but I think it went OK.
"Of course when I came in to the Red Bull Junior programme that was the target, to drive in Formula 1 for this team, so I was just so, so happy and had so much excitement". I feel strong, feel a good level and want to say bye-bye to this sport when I am strong, not when I am not competitive or have no place to go.
The Australian will move from Red Bull to the factory team in 2019. He felt I need to take something else on at this stage of my career.
"I guess I got to a point where I felt I was ready for a change, that was the long and short of it, I was ready for a new challenge, for me personally some fresh motivation. There were a few sleepless nights but once I made the decision I feel comfortable with it".
Marko, who has not yet arrived at the Belgian Grand Prix, added to Red Bull's Servus TV station: "We were negotiating with him in 2007 or 2008".
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Without divulging the intimate details of their negotiations, Abiteboul said Renault convinced Ricciardo to come across even though it wasn't the highest bidder. While Ricciardo didn't directly address those claims, he admitted he did have one regret when it came to telling his bosses he was going to leave.
Horner told Autosport that Red Bull's willingness to back young drivers "pays off" and "without that, these guys [Vettel, Ricciardo, Verstappen] wouldn't be getting the chance".
"But it was the best I could do so I called Christian (Horner)".
Red Bull motorsport adviser Helmut Marko has accused Ricciardo of misleading the organisation about his future, saying he thought the driver was re-signing with the team after the Hungarian Grand Prix and calling it a "very odd situation".
When asked if he saw any signs Ricciardo was growing frustrated at Red Bull, something he revealed was the case on Thursday, Verstappen said: "I don't know, I don't think so. For me it's bye-bye, but who knows in the future?"
"We were always going to draw on the talent pool that we have".