Is Mercedes planning to replace Lewis Hamilton with Daniel Ricciardo?

Franz Tost Germany

A rumor indicating a potential sign-up between Mercedes and Daniel Ricciardo has emerged. The Aussie is yet to secure his drive for 2023.

Following a series of disappointing performances, McLaren decided to axe Daniel Ricciardo. The Aussie will be leaving the British side after 2022.

Reports indicate that McLaren offered $ 25 Million to Ricciardo for terminating the contract early.

The 33-year-old driver will be replaced by his Aussie counterpart Oscar Piastri in 2023. Oscar Piastri has signed a multi-year deal with the team.

Hence Ricciardo is a free agent for 2023 and is still looking for a seat for next season.

Ricciardo as a reserve driver?

Earlier, Daniel Ricciardo had indicated that he won’t mind working as a reserve driver for the top 3: Mercedes, Ferrari, or Red Bull.

Now, some rumors have emerged that Mercedes is also looking toward Ricciardo as a candidate.

Lewis Hamilton’s future after the 2023 season is uncertain. It is highly likely that the 7-time world champion might call it a day and hang his helmet after the 2023 season. Hamilton’s contract also expires after the 2023 season with no clear indication of extension just yet.

Now, sources indicate that Mercedes is looking toward Ricciardo as a potential replacement for Hamilton.

Indications suggest that Mercedes might take Ricciardo as a reserve driver for 2023. After that, he would be placed alongside Russell if Hamilton leaves.

A source told,

‘Having Daniel in their camp means they wouldn’t be left high and dry.’

Let’s see if Ricciardo really ends up with Mercedes. The move could promise a bright future for Ricciardo. However, he really needs to show his hunger for winning as it seems missing right now.

Formula 1 returns to Monza for the Italian GP this weekend. Ricciardo won the 2021 Italian GP, probably the last happy moment with McLaren. Ricciardo would surely try to once again make a magical race at Monza.

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