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Webber speculates Ricciardo rejected Ferrari

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Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Renault Sport F1 looks on before the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 01, 2019 in Abu Dhabi

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ByJen Offord
15/05/2020 at 09:54 | Updated 15/05/2020 at 10:59

Mark Webber, the retired Formula 1 driver, has suggested that contrary to popular opinion, it could have been Daniel Ricciardo who rejected Ferrari, rather than the other way round.

Posting on Twitter on Thursday, Webber said: “Deals getting done when everyone is bored. Don’t underestimate Sebastian gets plenty of counsel from Bernie [Ecclestone].

“Could it be that the red car wasn’t particularly competitive preseason, stable regs and a future budget cap?”

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It was announced on Thursday that the 30-year-old is to move to English team McLaren from Renault, once he has reached the end of this season’s contractual obligations, following a disappointing spell at the club.

With Sebastian Vettel’s departure from Ferrari also announced this week, some pundits have suggested that Riccardio could have moved into this prestigious place had it not been for Carlos Sainz, who was announced as Vettel’s replacement.

However, others have said negotiations between the Australian and McLaren would have started some time before the announcement of Vettel’s departure, which is unlikely to have had any bearing on the decisions.

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