“I’d like to obviously try it out one day”- Daniel Ricciardo on the suggestion by Jenson Button for torturing Lewis Hamilton as a teammate.
The current structure of Mercedes definitely favours Lewis Hamilton, as the team after the Nico Rosberg saga preferred to have a teammate like Valtteri Bottas, to lessen the drama in the dressing room.
Though it benefitted Mercedes, meanwhile it also gave a monopoly to Hamilton in the paddock, with the best driver having the best car. Now, Jenson Button suggests to spice up the status quo and wished Daniel Ricciardo to be his teammate.
“I’d love to see Danny Ric up against Lewis because I think he would mentally hurt Lewis a lot,” the 2009 World Champion said to Autosport.
“He would be quick and he would laugh everything off, he would be so relaxed, so down to earth, he’s a proper character and I know that most drivers would find that difficult.”
Bring it on says Daniel Ricciardo
In response, Ricciardo said he would love to do it and even though it is not realistic now, he hopes that the Briton sticks around for long to maybe for once make it possible.
“I’d like to obviously try it out one day,” he said in response to Button’s comment. “Hopefully, Lewis hangs around long enough and we’ll see what happens.”
Button stated that Ricciardo’s humorous demeanour could throw Hamilton off his stride, on the other hand, the Australian doesn’t feel that it has ever been able to become a weapon against his teammates.
“I’ve never really thought about how it probably affects a team-mate,” GPFans quotes the Renault driver as saying. “I know it affects me in a positive way.
“I guess the way I approach the sport and the racing, obviously, when it’s time to take it seriously I do, but I like to have fun with it as well and I’m able to move on I think pretty quickly.
“It’s not in a carefree, reckless way like, ‘Oh I had a bad race. Who cares? I’ll move on and race again’. I will dissect it, but by Monday or Tuesday, I’m over it as far as it is maybe a bad result and I’m onto the next.
“I think it helps also if I am getting beat, I can overcome it quicker,” he concluded.