Hamilton plays down latest Ricciardo to Mercedes team F1 rumours
Sep.9 - Lewis Hamilton has batted away speculation that Mercedes is planning ahead for the seven time world champion's retirement.
"No comment," the Australian grinned ahead of the Italian GP. "Just kidding! The truth is I'm keeping every option open, not only for next year but for the future. So yeah, there's obviously many talks or thoughts about next year and beyond that."
When asked about Ricciardo's reserve driver link, Hamilton said the 33-year-old is "far too talented" to have to effectively sit out next season.
"But of course, if he's a part of our team that would be great," he added.
"For years we've been going around, up and down with stories of retirement for me, but I love what I'm doing and don't plan on stopping anytime soon," Hamilton, 37, said.
"Sorry buddy!" he told Ricciardo. "I feel like I can race for quite a bit longer."
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