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F1 | Italian GP | Lewis Hamilton, of Daniel Ricciardo’s and his own future in F1

Lewis Hamilton believes a third driver role at Mercedes wouldn’t be the best choice for a “too talented” Daniel Ricciardo and he seems more than ready to stay in F1 with the team beyond 2023.

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F1 | Italian GP | Lewis Hamilton, of Daniel Ricciardo’s and his own future in F1
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Sebastian Vettel’s retirement triggered quite a bit of changes for next season: from Fernando Alonso’s sudden Aston Martin switch to Oscar Piastri taking Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren seat.

And as the grid is taking shape there is a lot of speculation going around regarding the future.     

If Pierre Gasly is set to be Esteban Ocon’s new teammate, allegations are that Ricciardo will be reserve driver for Mercedes next year.

Third driver with a look onto 2024, when he could step in and replace Lewis Hamilton, would he decide to leave Formula 1 at the end of the season when his contract with Mercedes terminates.   

The seven-time-world-champion, however, doesn’t seem to be thinking so.

"For years we've been going around, up-and-down with stories of retirement, stopping," he said in Thursday’s FIA press conference.

"For me, I feel healthier than I've ever felt. I'm feeling fit, I love what I'm doing and I don't plan on stopping any time soon.”

Not only racing in Formula One, but also continuing with the team - “until the day I die”.

"My goal was always to be with Mercedes since I signed with them in 1997,” he stated.

"I love that we have the long partnership we have. I feel like we are embarking on a lot of really positive things - not only in the sport, but outside too -  and I think there's much more to accomplish together, so I want to be a part of that.”

“I feel like I can race for quite a bit longer, so I'll potentially be steering towards that."

Talks about Hamilton’s future that sparked from him being asked about Ricciardo’s one.

Hence, what does he think the Australian should be doing next season?

"I think he should be racing, personally,” he said. “He is far too talented and he has earned the right to be amongst us all racing.”

Racing in a regular seat, not as a third driver.

“Third driver role is not really what's best for him,” explained Hamilton. “If I was managing him, he'd be racing. But of course, if he is a part of our team that would be great.”

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