Daniel Ricciardo says he wants Lewis Hamilton to “stay in the sport”

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Daniel Ricciardo says Lewis Hamilton is “one of the greatest ever to do it” and “competing with him, going wheel to wheel with him, is fun – it’s awesome”.

Daniel Ricciardo will be leaving Formula 1 at the end of the 2022 season, and there are rumours that he could end up at Mercedes in a reserve driver role.

Not only that, but it was being suggested that he might even get a driving role, if Lewis Hamilton was to retire. However, Lewis clearly stated that he intends to remain in the sport long-term.

When asked about this, Ricciardo said he doesn’t want Lewis to leave.

“The truth is I want him to stay in the sport,” the Australian said.

“He’s one of the greatest ever to do it and I think competing with him, going wheel to wheel with him, is fun – it’s awesome.

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“It’s normally at the pointy end, so I certainly wish to do that more in the future. That’s where it currently lies. I think my future will be…

“I don’t think it’s relative to what others do. I think it’s, how do I say it, like opportunities will arise when they do, but I’m not banking on anyone doing something so I can find my way.”

Sky Sports also asked George Russell if he would like to see Daniel at Mercedes.

“Yeah, I think that’d be interesting,” George said.

“I think we’d like to see that, but it’s up to Daniel to see what he wants to do with his future,” he concluded.

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