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‘That would be great!’: Daniel Ricciardo’s potential move to Mercedes as Lewis Hamilton’s successor divides opinion on social media… some fans hailed the Australian as a ‘great’ driver while others claim he is ‘done’
- Daniel Ricciardo’s possible move to Mercedes has divided opinion on social media
- The Australian will leave his current McLaren seat at the end of the season
- Speculation suggests he could be a long-term successor to Lewis Hamilton
Daniel Ricciardo’s possible appointment to Mercedes has proven to cause huge divisions among Formula 1 fans as speculation suggests he could be appointed as a long-term successor to seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton.
Opinions on the McLaren driver’s possible switch to the Silver Arrows have been divided on social media after rumors began to spread in earnest that a surprising move is in the pipeline for next season.
Ricciardo will conclude his tumultuous time at McLaren at the end of the year, with one season left on his contract, and compatriot Oscar Piastri is ready to take his seat.
Daniel Ricciardo’s possible move to Mercedes has divided opinion among fans on social media
Lewis Hamilton and Ricciardo during the preparation day for the Italian Grand Prix in Monza
Several fans have condemned the possible decision by Mercedes – the reigning constructor’s world champion – to appoint Ricciardo to what remains one of the sport’s most prestigious seats.
One fan wrote on Facebook: ‘Toto is smarter than that!! Daniel turns 34 and after the last two seasons it seems that he has lost his passion for F1.
“Hopefully he can find a place in a lesser form of racing.”
Another added: “The danger is that will happen, Ricciardo is ready now, too many young drivers are faster than him, he’s had his chances, watch out, he will come out and win again at Monza.”
And a third wondered how the Australian could be considered a long-term replacement for Lewis Hamilton, writing: ‘How is Ricciardo a good long-term replacement?
“He’s in his thirties, a good long-term replacement would be someone like Russell, Sainz, Norris, Leclerc etc.”
After a four-year stint with Red Bull from 2014 to 2018, Ricciardo sought an exit to continue his own racing career and made the switch to Renault.
However, he only stayed with the French side for two seasons before switching again – this time to McLaren, where he has been since 2021.
In 225 races, the Australian driver has won eight races, most recently at Monza in 2021, and has been on the podium 32 times.
Speculation suggests the Australian could be Lewis Hamilton’s long-term successor
For example, several fans were enthusiastic about a possible seat at Mercedes, one of whom wrote: ‘Great news, I can go back to watch F1!’
Another said, “The best news of the day.”
A third Facebook user wrote: “He deserves some luck. He’s a great driver.’
Finally, a fourth was particularly excited to see the move become a reality, saying ‘if that’s true, that would be great!!’