Australian F1 racer Daniel Ricciardo has revealed he was left frustrated after being rejected by Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport and Scuderia Ferrari.

The Australian, who joined Renault ahead of this yearโ€™s new season, was on the last year of his contract with Aston Martin Red Bull Racing.

He joined French racing team Renault F1 team on a two-year contract and was replaced by Pierre Gasly at his former racing team Red Bull.

When asked about how he felt being snubbed by two of the biggest racing team there is, the Australian admitted he was not happy.

โ€œYes โ€“ to answer it bluntly,โ€ said the 29-year old. โ€œAt the end of the day in the next 12 months I still think, and everybody would say this, that Mercedes and Ferrari are going to be the teams to beat.

โ€œMaybe other teams could take a win here or there, but I think theyโ€™re still the teams to be with short-term.โ€

Ricciardo expected to have more options to choose from during the driver market, having won two of the first six races of last season.

โ€œEspecially after the first six races, I won two out of six, so it was Seb, Lewis and me who had won two each. At that stage, no one else was really touching us.

โ€œI felt like my pull, so to speak, couldnโ€™t have been any higher. In a way, I did expect probably more out of that, and at the time I think rightly so.โ€

Scuderia Ferrari brought in young sensation Charles Leclerc from Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 team to replace Kimi Rรคikkรถnen. When asked to comment about Ferrariโ€™s new driver, Ricciardo said it was about time they acquired a young driver.

โ€œHeโ€™s a young up and coming prospect, and maybe that was part of their plan all along, regardless of what my results were and what his results were,โ€

โ€œWith what Ferrari have done, I see it and I respect that because Iโ€™ve seen Red Bull do it, bringing the young kids through the programme. In a way, I think itโ€™s about time.โ€

Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport have not changed any of their drivers for the upcoming season and Ricciardo felt he should have had a chance at racing for the German racing team.

โ€œI guess the Mercedes one is probably a bit of a different situation,โ€ he said. โ€œItโ€™s a slightly different dynamic with the path theyโ€™ve chosen.

โ€œI guess for them itโ€™s more conservative, but I canโ€™t argue because itโ€™s worked. Lewis has won Driversโ€™ Championships and the team has won Constructorsโ€™ Championships, so in a way, theyโ€™ve ticked all the boxes they need.โ€

 

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