Daniel Ricciardo opens up on taking Lewis Hamilton’s seat

Lewis Hamilton's shock move to Ferrari in 2025 has attracted the interest of many drivers.

Daniel Ricciardo is currently not preoccupied with contemplating his future in Formula 1, despite swirling rumours linking him with a potential move to Mercedes for the 2025 season.

Ricciardo is among the drivers being discussed as a potential successor to Lewis Hamilton for the upcoming season.

However, it is widely anticipated that Ricciardo will remain within the Red Bull fold, especially given Helmut Marko’s assertion that Ricciardo is “not available” for a switch to Mercedes.

There is speculation that Ricciardo may be considering a reunion with Max Verstappen at Red Bull, particularly if Sergio Perez’s performance fails to meet expectations.

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Addressing the speculation surrounding his future, Ricciardo spoke following the unveiling of Visa Cash App RB’s 2024 F1 car.

“At this point in my career, I’m not focusing too far ahead,” Ricciardo remarked. “Looking ahead feels like inching closer to the end. So, it’s more important for me to stay present and take each race as it comes.”

He acknowledged Mercedes’ position, stating, “They are not in a hurry, so they will evaluate everyone’s performance, the driver market, and so forth. It’s a prudent stance for them to take.”

Ricciardo also expressed contentment with not being embroiled in the frenetic speculation surrounding the “silly season,” particularly at this early stage of the season.

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While maintaining a sense of ambition, Ricciardo stressed the importance of remaining realistic, stating, “You have to set high goals, but after being in this sport for so long, you also have to temper expectations to avoid potential disappointment.”

He outlined his objectives, targeting top-five finishes and potential podium appearances, acknowledging the progress made last season and aiming to build upon it further.

Ricciardo remains optimistic about the possibilities, stating, “I believe top-five finishes are achievable, perhaps even in the first half of the season.”