Daniel Ricciardo says that someone "said no" to a potential Ferrari deal for 2019, and claims that he knows who it might be. The Australian was linked in the early stages of 2018 with a move to the Scuderia outfit alongside former teammate Sebastian Vettel.
Ricciardo confirmed that he held discussions with Ferrari, but a deal fell through. In August, he announced that he would be leaving Red Bull after the 2018 season, which was quickly followed by the news that he had signed for Renault.
Ferrari opted to replace Kimi Raikkonen with its junior driver Charles Leclerc. Some reports stated that Ferrari was not willing to pay what Ricciardo wanted (rumoured to be around the $20 million mark), suggestions the 29-year-old has denied.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about," he told Automoto. "Who said I’d asked for too much money Evidently someone said no when I arrived. Who? I’d like to know, but maybe I have an idea.”
When pushed on who that “someone” could be, he answered: “Good question, maybe it’s better if you ask them. I talked and discussed, but you see that they had already made arrangements with Leclerc, so mine fell through. That works well and good luck to them as far as I’m concerned.”
Ricciardo, who is of Italian descent, believes that a door to Ferrari in the future is not completely closed: “I hope to still have some time in F1 and who knows that in the future there are not opportunities to meet again,” he added.
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