While Daniel Ricciardo has revealed he's spoken with Ferrari in the past regarding a potential move to the Italian outfit, talks never got all that serious.
The Australian is at his fourth team in three seasons, having swapped Red Bull for Renault back in 2019. After two years with the French outfit he opted to leave for McLaren, where he now partners Lando Norris. While Ricciardo did have talks with Ferrari before those moves, he said salary and contract length were never discussed.
"It was never close enough that there was any exchange of any paper," Ricciardo told ESPN. "There was a bit of phone calls but even then it never got to details: numbers, years.
"It never got to, let's say, step two. It was always at a basic level."
While Ricciardo says he was a Ferrari fan growing up given his dad was born in Sicily, it was never his dream to drive for the Scuderia.
"There was chatter and all that sort of stuff and, for sure, when there was no Italian on the grid for a few years, I think I was seen as the closest thing and people said I would be a good fit," Ricciardo added.
"But would we have been a good fit? Yeah, I think so, but I didn't have blinkers on for it. Sure, it would have been a nice story to tell.
"Growing up as a really young kid before I was racing, it was Ferrari [that I supported]. We were, I guess, a Ferrari family because my dad was born in Sicily, but that was kind of it. And in saying that, dad was also a massive Senna fan so we didn't live and die by Ferrari.
"I had a little bit of Ferrari merchandise, but it wasn't my dream to race for them. My dream was always to get into Formula 1."