Daniel Ricciardo wants to go up against four-time world champion Lewis Hamilton as teammates at one stage in his career.
The Australian has previously partnered Sebastian Vettel – the only other four-time world champion currently on the grid – at Red Bull in 2014, getting the better of the battle before the German left for Ferrari. With his future currently uncertain as his Red Bull contract us up at the end of this year, Ricciardo says Hamilton is one driver he would definitely like to race alongside if given the opportunity.
Asked during an exclusive interview if he feels he can by teammate to any of the drivers currently at Mercedes or Ferrari, Ricciardo told RACER: “I think so.
“I’ve never really been too fussed about the type of teammate. People will probably call me a liar for this but I would like a fast teammate. For two reasons: It’s always going to get more out of yourself, and it’s going to be more of a true evaluation of how good you are and where you stand.
“I’m in this sport, yes to win, but to win by being the best, 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 and I’ve certainly got a very good one alongside me in Max [Verstappen].
“I would like to go against Lewis at some point, irrespective of team situation. That would be fun.”
As well as Ricciardo, Hamilton himself is also out of contract at the end of 2018, with Mercedes boss Toto Wolff recently stating that good progress had been made in talks over the winter.