Ricciardo to Ferrari? An unfulfilled binomial that still tickles the interest of F1 fans. The Australian driver is one of the most valuable and coveted pieces within the drivers’ market, although he secured his seat at Renault for next year.
Asked about pairing up with Ferrari’s current Wunderkind Charles Leclerc by Sky Italia, the ‘Honey badger’ suggests that he would eventually relish the opportunity of partnering such a fresh and talented personality. The two are regarded to get along well, as footage from pre-race or paddock bits often shows them chit-chatting, which makes sense in relation to his declarations.
“I knew Leclerc would prove to be a strong driver and I also knew that this year, with a better car, he would perform at a higher level. What about becoming his teammate? I would like to, who knows what the future holds...”
“I like him -Ricciardo continues- he is a friend of mine here in the paddock and it would be interesting to race him as my teammate. Who knows? Leclerc still has 10-15 more years ahead in his racing career, while I have 5 or so at least. We will see.”
Ricciardo is by no means willing to close the door to Ferrari, which is definitely an alluring opportunity to any F1 driver’s eyes. However, it is safe to say that this move depends on Vettel’s future, and in case the German decides to leave Maranello, Ferrari and Ricciardo are bound to make contact with one another, at least for a negotiation.
Also, what kind of pairing would Ricciardo and Leclerc make? Given that the Monegasque unofficially undertook a dominant role within the team through his results and attitude, the team might be reluctant to deminish him over Ricciardo’s experience and skills straight away. Therefore, such a line-up shall become a pleasure to follow, as their performances would ideally determine who has the upper hand and who needs to succumb.