Hamilton: Ricciardo ‘too talented’ to be Mercedes F1 reserve in 2023

Hamilton: Ricciardo ‘too talented’ to be Mercedes F1 reserve in 2023

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“But, of course, if he is in our team, it will be good. But the third [driver] role is not really which is better for him. If I managed it, it would be in the race! »

Sitting alongside Hamilton at the press conference, Ricciardo was also asked to give his response to the report, to which he replied that he was “evaluating everything” about his future plans.

The truth is that I am keeping all options open, not only for next year, but also for the future. [too] added Ricciardo.

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

“I talked about it a few weeks ago, even though it was a difficult time in my career, it didn’t take away my love for the game and the desire to still compete.

“Obviously there’s a lot of talk or thinking about next year and beyond. [have taken place]but I’m not sure it still appears. »

Hamilton’s current contract at Mercedes only covers the 2023 season, meaning Ricciardo could replace the seven-time world champion and race alongside Russell in 2024 if Hamilton decides to pull out of F1 at the end of next season.

But Hamilton has not addressed the rumors and has once again made his intentions clear about his F1 future, saying he is on track for “a new contract for 2024 and a possible extension”.

“For years we have lived stories of retirement and career breaks,” said Briton.

“For me, I feel healthier than I’ve ever been. I feel fit, I love what I’m doing. And I don’t intend to stop anytime soon – sorry mate. [Ricciardo]!

“But my goal has always been to be with Mercedes since I signed with them in 1997.” [as a McLaren junior during its years as the de facto Mercedes works squad with its engine supply arrangement].

“I like that we have a long-term partnership. I feel like we are starting a lot of positive things – not only in the game, but also outside of it. [too].

“And I think there’s a lot [more] accomplish together.

“So I want to be a part of that. I think I will always have a Mercedes – until the day I die. I feel like I can run longer. I’ll lean towards that possibility. »