Aston Martin Red Bull Racing confirmed on Friday that Australian Daniel Ricciardo will leave the team at the end of the season.
The news comes as Ricciardo said that he would make an announcement about his future at the Belgian Grand Prix following the Summer break.
The attention will now shift to where Ricciardo will be next season with Renault, Ferrari and McLaren all potential destinations.
In a statement Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner said:
We fully respect Daniel’s decision to leave Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and we wish him all the best in his future. We would like to thank him for his dedication and the role he has played since joining the Team in 2014, the highlights of course being the seven wins and the 29 podiums he has achieved so far with us.
Horner went on to say:
We will now continue to evaluate the numerous options available to us before deciding on which driver partners Max Verstappen for the 2019 season. In the meantime, there are still nine races left in 2018 and we are fully focused on maximising every opportunity for Max and Daniel for the remainder of the season.