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McLaren star Daniel Ricciardo says Lewis Hamilton is not the only driver who can win races in a Mercedes. Hamilton has been relatively unchallenged over the past few years. The British driver equalled Michael Schumacher’s world title record.
Ricciardo feels other drivers, including himself, would have a chance of battling at the front of the grid if they had the same machinery. The 31-year-old was asked how much of Hamilton’s success is down to his car.
“To answer it diplomatically, I think Lewis isn’t the only one that could win races in that car,” Ricciardo told Square Mile. “That’s obviously my opinion and I think that George Russell, in a way, showed the possibility of that by pretty much beating Valtteri [Bottas] in his first race. So you could argue that just maybe Lewis doesn’t have the strongest competition.
He added: “I think, where we can’t be too aggressive or disrespectful to Lewis, is that, do a few of us believe we could beat him? Yes. I’m quite sure of that. But none of us have ever been in the hunt for a title.
“None of us have dealt with that pressure. None of us have had that year after year. Pretty much every weekend he rocks up to a race. Yes, he has the best car, but he’s also expected to win all the time. And if he doesn’t, it’s, ‘OK, what happened to Lewis?'”