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Daniel Ricciardo claims someone didn't want him at Ferrari after deal fell through

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Daniel Ricciardo has had his say after his move to Ferrari never came to fruition, despite the Australian Red Bull driver having talks over potentially replacing Kimi Raikkonen at the end of the 2018 season.

It was reported that the 29-year-old had asked for mega bucks from the Maranello outfit, around 20 million a year, but he has denied the rumours.

Quizzed by Automoto if he had demanded the reported salary from Ferrari, Ricciardo said: “I don’t know what you’re talking about. Who said I’d asked for too much money?" as per Planet F1.

“Evidently someone said no when I arrived. Who? I’d like to know, but maybe I have an idea…”

Asked again who that “someone” could be, he replied: “Good question, maybe it’s better if you ask them."

It has been speculated that the man dubbed the 'someone' by Ricciardo could be his former teammate Sebastian Vettel.

The pair spent just one season together at Red Bull after Ricciardo's previous two years at Toro Rosso, but he amassed 71 points more than the German and finished two places higher in the drivers' standings.

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But others predict the man who blocked the move could actually be Ferrari boss Sergio Marchionne, who is a big fan of the man who eventually filled the seat, Charles Leclerc, the young Monégasque driver who won the final ever GP3 championship in 2016, and the first ever Formula 2 season in 2017.

“I talked and discussed, but you see that they had already made arrangements with Leclerc, so mine fell through," Ricciardo added.

“That works well and good luck to them as far as I’m concerned.”

Despite Ferrari shutting the door on Ricciardo, the Red Bull driver has not totally dismissed his chances of a place in the Italian constructors in the future.

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“I hope to still have some time in F1 and who knows that in the future there are not opportunities to meet again,” he continued.

In the meantime, the Aussie will have already started preparing for life at Renault next season.

Topics:
Charles Leclerc
Sebastian Vettel
Daniel Ricciardo
Kimi Raikkonen
Toro Rosso
Ferrari
Red Bull
Formula 1

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