"His ability is certainly there to do it. I don't fear for him if he doesn't come back to F1. He's a pretty switched on kid, he's quite business savvy so if he goes on to do other things he'll be okay."
With Ricciardo set to assume senior status alongside Ocon in 2020, he thanked Hulkenberg for the way he has welcomed him to the Enstone outfit.
"It's been pretty easy-going. He has been easy to work with, does what he has to do and doesn't really kick up a fuss," Ricciardo said.
"Also I do believe coming into the season we both had respect for each other and I think that helps, as far as we don't feel the need to do anything weird. I don't want to say I've had that in the past, I haven't had that, but it made the transition of me coming into this team quite easy.
"Pre-season, we had a bit of a laugh, after the races we might go see each other and have a drink at a party."
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