Lewis Hamilton denies Daniel Ricciardo is set to join Mercedes next year and replace him in 2024

Lewis Hamilton denies Daniel Ricciardo is set to join Mercedes next year and replace him in 2024 – as he praises the Aussie as ‘too talented’ to spend a year as reserve driver

  • McLaren has announced that Ricciardo will not drive for them in 2023
  • He was replaced by young Australian Lando Norris at constructors’
  • Hamilton is 37 years old and is coming to the end of an F1 career that has included seven titles
  • However, the British champion is not ready to hand over his ride to Ricciardo

British champion Lewis Hamilton has backed Aussie Daniel Ricciardo to continue his F1 career – just not at Mercedes.

With Ricciardo being dropped by McLaren at the end of the season, the Australian is out of contract until 2023 and has indicated he is willing to become a reserve driver to earn a shot at another team.

Meanwhile, rumors continue to swirl that seven-time F1 champion Hamilton could be ready to retire. He is 37 years old and is running sixth in the drivers’ championship.

This has led to speculation that Ricciardo could join Mercedes as a reserve driver in 2023 before taking over from Hamilton in 2024.

Lewis Hamilton denies Daniel Ricciardo is set to join Mercedes next year and replace him in 2024

Hamilton and Ricciardo during practice day at the Italian Grand Prix, Monza

But the Briton has poured cold water on those claims and plans to keep fighting for as long as he can.

“I think he has to race, first,” Hamilton said ahead of this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix.

“I think he’s very talented – he’s earned the right to be among us in all the games.

“Of course if he’s part of our team it would be great, but the third role is not really, I think, the place for him.

“If I was managing him, he would be racing.”

Hamilton was unequivocal when asked about his future plans.

“For years we’ve been going around, up and down, with stories of retirement and discontinuation.

“For me, I feel healthier than I’ve ever felt, and I’m very focused on that.

“I’m feeling fit, I love what I’m doing, and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon — sorry, man!”

With Australian Lando Norris coming up the ranks as a McLaren driver in 2023, Ricciardo is still looking for a new gig.

He has been linked with a number of career changes, including the IndyCar series and even a huge pay cut in touring car racing in the Australian Supercars Championship.

Norris during the preparation day at the Italian Grand Prix, Monza

Norris during the preparation day at the Italian Grand Prix, Monza

He has not ruled out a move to reserve, including the possibility of racing under Hamilton at Mercedes.

“I really evaluate everything,” he said.

“I still don’t know what next year will be like. I want to be on the grid, I want to race – I touched on that a few weeks ago.

“While this has certainly been a difficult time in my career, it hasn’t taken away my love for the sport and the desire to still be here competing.

“There’s no reason to hold back any information now. There are no secrets. It’s all open and out there.

“In short, I haven’t finished anything yet. I don’t have anything confirmed. I think when I do, I’ll be the first to tell you.’

Ricciardo drives the McLaren MCL36 Mercedes during the Dutch F1 Grand Prix

Ricciardo drives the McLaren MCL36 Mercedes during the Dutch F1 Grand Prix

Ricciardo added that he is looking for a long-term position to underpin his future beyond 2023.

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

“It’s not just about what’s right for next year, but what’s right for my future. exceeds 2023.

‘Obviously [there are] lots of talk or thoughts about next year and beyond, but like I said, I’m not sure what it looks like yet.

“It’s complicated, but when I find out, I’ll tell you.”

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