Daniel Ricciardo on Ferrari F1 Talks: How Close He Came to Signing & Sebastian Vettel’s Role

Published 08/07/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 29, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during a press conference ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga


Daniel Ricciardo had been heavily linked with a move to Scuderia Ferrari on several occasions. However, the deal never gets over the line. This isn’t uncommon in F1, however, Ricciardo’s potential move to the prancing horses was talked about extensively. Fans still look back and wonder about what could have been.

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Meanwhile, in an interview, the Honey Badger recalled the contacts he had with Scuderia Ferrari. He went in on why he ended up joining Renault in 2018.

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Ricciardo on contacts with Scuderia Ferrari

As quoted by Motorsport, when asked if he had ever been in contact with Scuderia Ferrari, Daniel Ricciardo replied: “A while ago, yes, but we never sat around a desk with papers to sign, nothing like that.”

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 2, 2021. McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during practice REUTERS/Lisi Niesner.

“There was some small talk, some quick conversations, but we never got to the point where we talked about contracts. So, there was something, but we never got to a second step,” added the Australian. (Quotes translated via Google)

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Sebastian Vettel lured Daniel Ricciardo to join Ferrari in 2018

After rejecting a contract extension with the Milton Keynes-based team during the 2018 season, many thought Daniel Ricciardo would join Scuderia Ferrari.

The Austrian was heavily linked to replace Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari after the latter joined Alfa Romeo. In addition, considering Riccardo’s Italian background, the Maranello-based team was poised to be the next team for the Australian. However, the Honey Badger ended up joining Renault.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 29, 2021 Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen during a press conference ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga

Meanwhile, Ricciardo recalled before joining Renault there were offers from other teams, including Mercedes and Ferrari, and he was lured to make a move to the Italian team after witnessing Vettel fighting for the championship.

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“In my head, it was one of the options, especially when the team was fighting for the championship while Seb was there. The team was in a good position,” said Daniel Ricciardo.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – OCTOBER 27: Pole position qualifier Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on October 27, 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

“So surely Ferrari and Mercedes were the first two teams to be evaluated outside of Red Bull. They were the only truly desirable teams, but I always tried not to be influenced too much by emotion, knowing my Italian origins.”

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Can we witness Daniel Ricciardo driving for Ferrari in near future? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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