The Ferrari Formula 1 team is no longer an option for Daniel Ricciardo, who is out of contract at the end of the 2018 Formula 1 season, despite several negotiations with the Australian, F1 Hub has learned.
Ferrari currently have one of the best packages on the Formula 1 grid, and have won more races than any other team thus far in 2018, with the last being a dominant win by Sebastian Vettel at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.
Ricciardo, who has given Red Bull both of their victories thus far in 2018, is looking for a drive for the 2019 F1 season. His seat at Red Bull remains open, however following their announcement of their Honda partnership starting 2019, the Australian is keen to consider driving elsewhere.
It is understood that Ferrari are not keen on signing Daniel Ricciardo given his salary demands, as the team already pays Sebastian Vettel $40 Million per year, hence the Scuderia are keen on either retaining Kimi Raikkonen or signing Charles Leclerc — who had an impressive couple of opening races in his Formula 1 career.
Many expect Ricciardo to sign with a team currently fighting for victories – Mercedes, Red Bull or Ferrari. However latest paddock news ahead of the French Grand Prix suggests the Australian could be looking elsewhere – as stories circulated that McLaren offered Ricciardo a big deal to sign 2019 onwards, as the now Red Bull driver spoke about timing a move to a midfield team similar to how Hamilton timed his move to Mercedes.
Speaking about the possibility of joining a team like McLaren, Ricciardo said: “I’m not going to say ‘no, it doesn’t interest me at all’,” he said.
“Probably more ’cause [of] what Lewis was able to do with Mercedes.
“And I know that, if you’re saying those two teams, they’re not quite in that position yet – but could they be? Maybe.
“The thought of that, it has some appeal. I wouldn’t say it’s probably top of my list right now, but I wouldn’t dismiss it, also.
“Obviously McLaren and Renault aren’t there [out front] today, but maybe they will be there in a year or three years’ time.”