Drive to Survive star Guenther Steiner reveals Daniel Ricciardo’s salary demands to join Haas despite McLaren woes: ‘Ten f***ing million dollars’
- Daniel Ricciardo has clarified his salary demands
- Haas was reportedly asked for $10million to defect
- Haas principal Guenther Steiner refused
- The Perth driver will be a Red Bull reserve option
Haas team principal Guenther Steiner has inadvertently revealed how much Daniel Ricciardo wants the contract after McLaren let him go at the end of the 2022 season.
According to PlanetF1, the 33-year-old is looking for $10million to jump ship.
Steiner reportedly discussed Ricciardo’s request in the near future fifth season of the Netflix series Drive to Survive.
Haas are looking for a replacement driver for Mick Schumacher – and the Aussie has been thrown in as a solution.
Discussing the matter with Haas’ top driver Kevin Magnussen, Steiner quickly dismissed the option due to the monetary demands.
Haas principal Guenther Steiner has revealed how keen Daniel Ricciardo is on contract to switch teams after McLaren let him go at the end of the 2022 season
According to a report from PlanetF1, the 33-year-old is looking for $10million to jump ship
‘Ricciardo?’ Magnussen suggested.
‘We can’t afford it, Kevin. He wants ten f***ing million (US dollars). Minimum,’ Steiner reportedly replied.
Ricciardo eventually returned to Red Bull, agreeing to be with the team reserve driver for the 2023 F1 season.
Perth raised the combined driver package from Red Bull and McLaren this year is believed to be worth $24million.
McLaren will have to cough up a lot of money because Ricciardo has one year left on his deal.
He was replaced by Aussie young gun Oscar Piastri.
Now accepting that he is out of favor as the third driver, Ricciardo plans to enjoy life away from the grid.
‘If I’m not racing in F1, I really just want to give myself a break,’ he said.
‘If I have free time, then I go and ride dirt bikes with friends, or some other kind of adventure activity.
‘I knew things like this would give me a good headspace….it would be like this a lighter approach.’
The 2023 F1 season begins with the first race in Bahrain on March 5.