LEWIS HAMILTON has hinted at his F1 future after rumours Daniel Ricciardo could join Mercedes.
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Lewis Hamilton has claimed he will “always be with Mercedes” and admitted he can “race for quite a bit longer” amid rumours Daniel Ricciardo could replace him. It comes after speculation he could become a quick replacement for Hamilton if he decides to walk away from the sport.
However, Hamilton used the opportunity to end doubts over his F1 future, suggesting he could carry on for years to come. Speaking in the press conference. Hamilton said: “I will always be with Mercedes until the day I die and I feel like I can race for quite a bit longer.”
Hamilton also defended Ricciardo, claiming the former Red Bull star should be on the grid next season. He added: “I think he should be racing. I think he’s far too talented to. He’s earned the right to be amongst us all racing.
“Of course if he’s a part of our team it would be great but mean third [driver] role isn’t really a thing.
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“If I was managing him, he would be racing.”
Rumours of a possible move came to light ahead of this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix. 37-year-old Hamilton has previously claimed he would not be in F1 past the age of 40 which means the multiple champion could be nearing the end of his career.
Ricciardo has failed to rule out taking on a reserve role at a top team if one became available. A source told the Daily Mail: “Mercedes are thinking about Ricciardo to cover off the possibility of walking away at the end of next season.
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“Having Daniel in their camp means they wouldn’t be left high and dry. It would also mean George would be the main man from that point in 2024.” It comes after the Australian was axed by McLaren over the summer break as the team opted to sign the highly-rated rookie Oscar Piastri.
Ricciardo directly addressed rumours he could be in-line for a Mercedes reserve seat this afternoon. He has also been tipped to secure a race seat with Haas or Williams next season.
The Australian added: “In short I don’t have anything teed up. I don’t have anything confirmed. I think when I do I will be the first to tell you so I don’t really, there’s no reason for me to hold back any information now.”