Ricciardo has made a jolt switch from Red Bull to Renault for 20-19, after feeling that the timing was right to allow him to make a career shift.
And while a few have contested the Australian’s decision on aggressive motives, his bargain was sweetened by him taking a significant pay hike over that which he had been likely to get if he had stayed at Red Bull.
Together with Renault still at the building up phase and perhaps not expecting to challenge wins until 2020 at the earliest, the additional price of hiring Ricciardo might demonstrably have been used further bolstering its infrastructure or staff.
However, Abiteboul is clear that the huge benefits of having a topline driver like Ricciardo on board proceed far beyond what he could be capable of delivering on track.
“There is a large financial commitment from Renault,”” Abiteboul told Motorsport.
“But it is not a matter of whether Renault are able it: it can absolutely afford it as if our turnover is 40 days the turnover of Red Bull. There is no question mark relating to this.
“The question mark is around the value. Does it make sense to get that type of money in a driver at the level of Daniel as of the point of our travel, with all the car that we now have and also the other expense that we must do? We believe .
“There’s been some discussion about this. Would we be better off investing in to the motor vehicle or the drivers?
“I believe we have reached a point where we can spend money on both “
Renault is looking to close the gap to the leading three, that includes included Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull for the past couple of seasons.
Abiteboul indicated that Renault was not allowed to ransom within the conditions of the deal to convince Ricciardo, also stressed the outlay would not hit on the team from other areas.
“I would also want to say that the industrial arrangement with Daniel is acutely sensible and no where near that which could exist in F1,” said Abiteboul.
“It is always commensurate to the level of his skills and ability, and that which he could bring to the team. However, it isn’t a stupid quantity of cash.
“So I think it’s been done in a manner that is sensible, also it isn’t in a way which is going to be injurious to the team that are able to keep spending on the evolution of the motor vehicle and the engine”