Daniel Ricciardo Becomes Top Gear’s Odds-On Favorite to Replace Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes F1 if He Retires

Published 01/13/2022, 9:04 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo celebrates after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron


The Formula One community is still not sure if Lewis Hamilton will return to the sport following the events of the dramatic Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Unsurprisingly, there are many who are speculating who could replace the 7-time world champion at Mercedes.

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There have been a few names tossed around the F1 paddock who could step in for Hamilton if he doesn’t agree to come back. So without further ado, let’s see the top drivers who could replace Lewis at the Silver Arrows.

Lewis Hamilton could be replaced by Daniel Ricciardo for the 2022 season

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The world of racing is still contemplating whether they will see the Knight feature on the grid in 2022. But there are some within the racing community who think that McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo could replace the Brit.

Formula One F1 – Qatar Grand Prix – Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar – November 21, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo before the race REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed/Pool

According to a Top Gear article, the Australian driver has 6-1 odds of landing the gig at the Brackley-based squad. But what is more surprising is that Hamilton‘s former teammate, Valtteri Bottas also has the same odds as Ricciardo. Seeing that the Finn has just moved to Alfa Romeo after the end of the 2021 season, it is quite astonishing to see him have such high odds in the fight for a Mercedes seat.

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Who is the second driver for the Silver Arrows

After the departure of Bottas from the Toto Wolff-led team, the Brackley-based team brought in Mercedes junior driver George Russell. The Brit was with Williams for the first three years of his F1 career but drove for the Silver Arrows as a one-off at the Sakhir Grand Prix in 2020 when he had to fill in for Hamilton as he contracted Covid-19.

FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot, Belgium – September 1, 2019 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Williams’ George Russell before the race REUTERS/Johanna Geron/File Photo

Now in 2021, he has become their official driver and will drive alongside Hamilton, whose future is still more or less uncertain at this point. What are your predictions for the young Brit for his first season at the Brackley-based outfit? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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