In the end however, the talks fell through, with speculation that Ricciardo’s financial demands had perhaps exceeded what Ferrari was prepared to offer.
“I can’t say why,” he told Italian outlet Automoto when asked if he wanted too much money.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about. Who said I’d asked for too much money? Evidently someone said no to my arrival.
“Who? I’d like to know, but maybe I have an idea …”
While not denying his contact with the House of Maranello, Ricciardo felt at the time that the fate of Raikkonen’s seat had already been decided.
“We had discussions, but you could see that they had already made arrangements with Leclerc, so my talks fell through,” he added.
“I hope for them that it’s the right choice and that it works out well.
“As far as I’m concerned, I hope to still be in F1 for some time and maybe there will be an opportunity to meet again.”
Source: Philip van Osten F1i.com