Ricciardo would relish having Hamilton as team-mate

Friday, 09 february 2018, 08:01 , by Matthew Scott

Daniel Ricciardo has admitted that he wants to have as fast a team-mate as possible as having a competitive driver alongside you brings out the best on the track, and even suggested he would like to partner Lewis Hamilton at some point in the future.

Ricciardo is considered to be one of the most talented drivers on the grid and has five Grand Prix victories to his name, but has yet to put paper on a new contract with Red Bull which would extend his stay beyond this season.

His team-mate, Max Verstappen, has been a revelation since making his debut, with his swashbuckling style appealing to fans and teams alike.

Ricciardo has insisted that he likes to have a fast team-mate as it makes him perform better personally.

"I've never really been too fussed about the type of team mate," said the Australian.

"People will probably call me a liar for this but I would like a fast team mate. You're always going to get more out of yourself and it's going to be more of a true valuation, how good you are, where you stand.

"I'm in this sport, yes, to win, but to win by being the best, and not getting lucky or whatever. If I win a title I want to know that I was the best guy that year.

"To be the best you have to go against the best. I've certainly got a good one alongside me now with Max.

 

Ricciardo even suggested that he would like to 'go up against' Hamilton, and provided an update on how his contract talks with Red Bull were coming along.

"I would love to go up against Lewis at some point, irrespective of the team situation. Yeah, that would be fun!

"I don't want to treat it like the big dog holding every card, and everyone's going to listen to me and wait for my call," he said of his relationship with Red Bull.

"I spoke briefly with Red Bull since the end of the season and they haven't given me an ultimatum either, they haven't put a contract in front of me and said 'Sign it this week or we're moving on'.

"They've been kind and given me some time, and they understand that I kinda want to say where we are in the first race or two."

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Comments (17)

  • Rudy Cloon
    I don't think Hamilton would like that to much, he's wound to tight, and dan is fast, there would be problems, and I think the actual team members, the ones who do the work, not the bosses, would almost unconsciously work harder for dan, causing problems in the psyche of Hamilton. would be interesting, but dan should be at Ferrari, more his style
  • Matthew Lambrick
    Not it a million years, Hamilton showed how much he likes a competitive team mate when Rosberg drove with him. Give Ricciardo the same car and Hamilton would lose out.
  • Wayne Dobson
    Dan is just so laid back (out of the car) it wouldn’t matter who he’s partnered up with
  • Chipo Mumbi
    Dan is not faster than Nico and Hamilton had Nicos number so run along now
  • Bob Deitrich
    We need an end to idol speculation and a beginning to the race season.
  • João Júlio Manzi
    Dan is overrated. #GO44 +2018
  • Jason Giddings
    probably the only guy who could cop hamilton and give him a run
  • Carlos José Espínola Basualdo
    Hamilton and Ricci = The perfect Team.
  • Kevin Kirk
    why would merc get him instead of max?
  • Mike Madrazo
    Dan is overrated.
  • Lars Bråten
    Yes, at RB.
  • Chris George
    Lewis won't allow it.
  • Mel Frost
    Simon Williamson
  • Eme Laffayette Marcela
    Gooooo Ricciardo!!!
  • Vishal Maharaj
    Join the cue buddy boy!

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