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Daniel Ricciardo takes aim at Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas

Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 28, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

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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?'”

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