Ricciardo will make the move to the McLaren Formula 1 team next year, where Andreas Seidl is currently the team principal. Ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix, Ricciardo revealed that he had previously held talks with the German while he was still at the helm of Porsche’s LMP1 project.
“I’m really looking forward to working with Andreas,” said Ricciardo ahead of his move to McLaren. “I had contact with him for the first time in 2014. I then tried to do Le Mans with Porsche and we had some conversations.”
Seidl then confirmed there was contact with Ricciardo: “We did indeed talk to each other, but unfortunately he did not get permission for the project.”
Le Mans victory
After Red Bull – the team where Ricciardo drove at the time – had put a stop to the Australian’s Le Mans debut, Porsche managed to get a Formula 1 driver for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Nico Hülkenberg got permission from his team (Force India) and got into the Porsche 919 Hybrid, to eventually take the victory in the French motorsport class together with Nick Tandy and Earl Bamber.
“I think it would have been an interesting experience for us, but also for Daniel,” said Seidl. “The car he would drive eventually won at Le Mans.”