Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes role ‘not the best’ for Daniel Ricciardo and reiterates his intention to continue in F1


Mercedes are reportedly interested in signing Daniel Ricciardo as a reserve in 2023, with a view to replacing Lewis Hamilton; But Hamilton says ‘a third role isn’t the best’ for Ricciardo and also hints he plans to run on

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Lewis Hamilton would welcome Daniel Ricciardo to Mercedes but says ‘if I ran him, he would race’

Lewis Hamilton would welcome Daniel Ricciardo to Mercedes but says ‘if I ran him, he would race’

Lewis Hamilton has cast doubt on Daniel Ricciardo joining Mercedes in any capacity, insisting a reserve driver role is ‘not the best thing’ for the Australian , while reaffirming that he plans to race in Formula 1 for some time to come.

After Ricciardo revealed he was set to become a reserve with one of F1’s top teams in 2023 after being dropped from McLaren, a report in The daily mail suggested Mercedes were watching him, aiming to replace Hamilton when the seven-time world champion’s contract expires.

But when asked if Ricciardo, who will be replaced by Oscar Piastri after a disappointing spell at McLaren, would be a good addition as a Mercedes reserve, Hamilton replied: “I think he should race, personally.

“I think he’s way too talented and he’s earned the right to be with us all racing. If he’s in our team that would be great, but a third role isn’t really what what’s best for him.”

Hamilton added of the eight-time race winner: “If I ran him, he would run.”

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Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes have made so much progress as a team but will have to

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Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes have made so much progress as a team but will have to ‘recover as best I can at the back’ after picking up engine penalties

Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes have made so much progress as a team but will have to ‘recover as best I can at the back’ after picking up engine penalties

Hamilton, who will start from the back of the grid in this weekend’s Italian GP due to an engine penalty, has also scorned Ricciardo to replace him for 2024.

The Englishman, 37, has repeatedly hinted in recent months that he is considering extending his contract.

“For me, I feel healthier than ever, I feel fit, I love what I do and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon,” Hamilton said at Monza on Thursday.

“My goal is always to be with Mercedes – I signed with them in 1997. I like that we have the long partnership that we have, I feel like we are getting into a lot of really positive things, not only in sport but outside and I think there is a lot to achieve together and I want to be part of it.

Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes can't do everything right all the time, but thinks

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Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes can’t do everything right all the time but thinks ‘second and fourth are always very positive’ after start

Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes can’t do everything right all the time but thinks ‘second and fourth are always very positive’ after start

Ricciardo: I want to run | Russell: Signing would give Merc a ‘boost’

Ricciardo has long been touted as one of F1’s best drivers, beating Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull and then challenging Max Verstappen. He performed well again after a shock transfer to Renault, but his reputation has taken a hit since joining McLaren, where he was dominated by Lando Norris.

It saw Ricciardo see his contract terminated by McLaren for 2023, and with few competitive seats available Ricciardo has opened the door to other avenues, including a reserve role.

Ricciardo simply said “no comment” on the Mercedes links, but reiterated his desire to race.

“The truth is, I’m keeping all options open, not just for next year but for the future,” he said.

“I still don’t know what next year will be like. Like Lewis said earlier, I want to be on the grid, I want to race.

“While it’s certainly been a tough time in my career, it hasn’t taken away my love of the sport and that desire to still be here and keep competing.”

Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate George Russell told reporters: “I haven’t heard any reports or heard anything, but I think Daniel’s record really speaks for itself – he’s a driver. who deserves a place on the Formula 1 grid and it would be a real shame for him not to be there next season.

“But obviously on our side to have a driver of his caliber joining the team in any capacity would be a real boost. He’s a driver I get on well with. I just hope that he will stay on the grid and in the sport.”




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