Ricciardo: Red Bull stopped me racing at Le Mans in 2015

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Daniel Ricciardo has expressed an interest in racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the future, claiming that Red Bull prevented him from taking part in last year’s edition.

The interest of the Formula 1 grid in Le Mans was stoked by Nico Hulkenberg’s victory on debut with Porsche in 2015 after Force India allowed the German to balance duties.

Speaking to Australia’s Auto Action, Ricciardo claims that there was a chance for him to line up on the grid with Hulkenberg at the Circuit de la Sarthe in 2015, only for Red Bull to stop him from doing so.

“Le Mans would be cool. To be honest, I wanted to do it last year,” Ricciardo said.

“There were maybe some opportunities to do it last year, but it was a bit too much with everything going on and the team preferred me to just focus on F1.

“It makes sense for now. Obviously Hulkenberg went and did it and won – I would love to have done it.

“So that can happen. I guess the beauty of Le Mans is it can happen 10 years from now. It doesn’t need to be done today.”

Ricciardo is not the only driver who had a possible drive at Le Mans blocked. Porsche was rumored to have approached Fernando Alonso about racing in its third car, but Honda vetoed the McLaren driver’s involvement.

No F1 drivers will be taking part in the 2016 24-hour classic due to a clash with the European Grand Prix in Azerbaijan.

The decision of Volkswagen-owned Audi and Porsche to cut down from three to two cars in the wake of the emissions scandal will also limit future opportunities for the time being.