Ricciardo revealed previously this month he would certainly be leaving Renault at the end of the period to sign up with McLaren following year, changing Ferrari- bound Carlos Sainz.
Ricciardo had actually been connected to the Ferrari drive adhering to Sebastian Vettel’s leave, having formerly held talks with the group over a race drive back in 2018 when he was with Red Bull.
The Australian has actually disclosed these talks prolonged right into this year as Ferrari took into consideration a substitute for Vettel, just for the group to strike an arrangement with Sainz.
“There have been discussions already from a few years back, and that continued all the way through to now,” Ricciardo claimed in a meeting with CNN.
” I will not refute that, however undoubtedly it’s never ever actually concern fulfillment.
“I’ve never ever actually picked to dive also deep right into it. Everyone claims it would certainly be an excellent fit, undoubtedly, with my name and also all the history things, however I attempt not to obtain mentally captured up in any kind of type of circumstance.”
Ricciardo claimed he comprehended why Sainz had actually obtained the seat adhering to the Spaniard’s excellent 2019 period that saw him rating McLaren’s initial platform in almost 6 years.
” I see exactly how Carlos is a suitable for the group. So I do not actually take a look at it like ‘why not me?'” Ricciardo claimed.
“Carlos had an extremely solid2019 He’s a little valuable today, and also I think it’s an excellent suitable for where they go to.”
Ricciardo likewise held talks with McLaren over a drive back in 2018 when considering his choices for 2019 and also past, before ultimately authorizing with Renault.
The seven-time grand prix champion claimed there was no solitary minute or aspect that triggered him to stop Renault and also sign up with McLaren this moment about, stating there is no “black and also white response”.
“There had not been any kind of minute, which resembled a light bulb and also claimed: ‘Yes, that’s what I require to do.'” Ricciardo claimed.
“Equally, there had not been something I saw in McLaren, which produced that or there had not been something in Renault, which produced the minute of ‘I need to proceed.’
“The conversations with McLaren return to also before 2018, and also I think proceeded in time.
“Obviously it’s not an over night choice. I think to contrast too both [teams], I do not believe that’s reasonable.”