No 'top team' exit clause in Daniel Ricciardo's contract

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Ferraris German driver Sebastian Vettel (R) and Renaults Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo. Image: AFP / William West
Ferraris German driver Sebastian Vettel (R) and Renaults Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo. Image: AFP / William West
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Daniel Ricciardo has ruled out a move to Ferrari for 2020.

With Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc squabbling internally at the Italian team, Ricciardo has been named as a prime candidate should Maranello seek a new driver at short notice.

'I'm committed to Renault'

"Those rumours are false. I have a fixed contract with Renault. Even if performance levels were worse than they are, I would still stay," Ricciardo told Russia's Championat.

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"Even if the top team offered me a contract tomorrow, I can't sign it. I'm committed to Renault," he added.

The obvious next question is whether Ricciardo regrets signing a contract that binds him to what is essentially a midfield team for two years.

"I don't like one-year contracts," he responded.

"It takes time to get to know a team and fit in. So a contract should be a minimum of two years. And three years when moving to a new team is probably too long.

"But if I have a good relationship with Renault, then I do not think extending the contract with Renault will be a problem," said Ricciardo.

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