#sports activities Lewis Hamilton denies Daniel Ricciardo is in line to join Mercedes next year and replace him in 2024
Lewis Hamilton denies Daniel Ricciardo is in line to join Mercedes next year and replace him in 2024 – as he praises Aussie as ‘too gifted’ to spend a year as a reserve driver
- McLaren has introduced that Ricciardo won’t be driving for them in 2023
- He has been changed by younger Aussie Lando Norris on the producer
- Hamilton is 37 and nearing the tip of an F1 profession together with seven titles
- However the British champ is not prepared to give up his trip to Ricciardo
British champion Lewis Hamilton has backed Aussie Daniel Ricciardo to proceed his profession in F1 – simply not at Mercedes.
With Ricciardo to be dumped by McLaren at season’s finish, the Aussie has no contract for 2023 and has stated he is keen to be a reserve driver to earn a shot with one other group.
Meanwhile, rumours proceed to swirl that seven-time F1 champion Hamilton may very well be prepared to retire. He is 37 and at the moment operating sixth in the drivers championship.
That has led to hypothesis that Ricciardo may very well be set to join Mercedes as a reserve driver in 2023 earlier than taking on from Hamilton in 2024.
Hamilton and Ricciardo through the preparation day on the Italian Grand Prix, Monza
But the Brit has poured chilly water on these claims and plans to proceed to race for so long as he is ready.
‘I feel he must be racing, firstly,’ Hamilton stated forward of this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix.
‘I feel he is far too gifted — he is earnt the appropriate to be amongst us all racing.
‘Of course if he is part of our group, it would be nice, however a 3rd function is probably not, I feel, the house for him.
‘If I used to be managing him, he’d be racing.’
Hamilton was unequivocal when requested about his future plans.
‘For years we have been going round, up and down, with tales of retirement and stopping.
‘For me, I really feel more healthy than I’ve ever felt, and I focus quite a bit on that.
‘I’m feeling match, I like what I’m doing, and I do not plan on stopping any time quickly — sorry, buddy!’
With fellow Aussie Lando Norris to stand up the ranks to lead driver at McLaren in 2023, Ricciardo is nonetheless searching for a brand new gig.
He has been linked to a spread of profession modifications together with the IndyCar Series and even an enormous pay reduce to race touring automobiles in the Australian Supercars Championship.
Norris through the preparation day on the Italian Grand Prix, Monza
He has not dominated out taking a reserve trip, together with the opportunity of racing beneath Hamilton at Mercedes.
‘I’m actually assessing every part,’ he stated.
‘I nonetheless do not know what next year seems like. I do need to be on the grid, I do need to race — I touched on it just a few weeks in the past.
‘Although this has been actually a difficult time in my profession, it hasn’t taken the love of the game away from me and that need to nonetheless be right here and nonetheless compete.
‘There’s no purpose for me to maintain again any data now. There’s no secrets and techniques. It’s all open and on the market.
‘In quick, I haven’t got something teed up but. I haven’t got something confirmed. I feel after I do, I’ll be the primary to let you know.’
Ricciardo driving the McLaren MCL36 Mercedes through the F1 Grand Prix of The Netherlands
Ricciardo added that he is searching for a long-term place to shore up his future past 2023.
‘The reality is I’m retaining each possibility open for not solely next year however the future,’ he stated.
‘It’s not nearly what’s proper for next year, it is what’s proper for my future; it goes past 2023.
‘Obviously [there are] many talks or ideas about next year and past that, however as I stated, I’m nonetheless unsure what that appears like.
‘It’s advanced, however after I know, I’ll let you know.’