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Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo has been urged by Formula One expert James Allen to sign for Mercedes and partner with Lewis Hamilton at the end of the season.
The Australian’s future has been at the centre of much debate recently as he enters the final year of his contract with Red Bull.
Rumours are already doing the rounds that if he manages to get a deal with Mercedes, he will not hesitate for even one moment.
While Hamilton is hoping to secure a historic fifth title in the upcoming season, teammate Valtteri Bottas is in the last year of his deal and is expected to leave this year unless he produces something truly remarkable.
This would lead to a vacancy and the opportunity for Ricciardo to battle Hamilton in the same vehicle.
But Allen did not suggest that Mercedes was the only realistic option, suggesting that the 28-year-old could also move to Ferrari as Kimi Raikkonen’s contract is also due to end at the end of the current season.
“I think it’s going to be very hard for him to beat Verstappen in the same car, so even if the new Red Bull is a race winner he has to move on for the sake of his career,” Allen said.
“Unless he can find some way to unsettle the Dutchman, as Nico Rosberg managed with Lewis Hamilton in 2016.
“But looking at the pair and their characters, it doesn’t seem to be in Ricciardo to do that. It would be more likely the other way around.
“Verstappen has all the hallmarks of a once in a generation driver, the only things that would stop him being a multiple champion are; being in the wrong car and losing discipline and focus in his life.
“If he decides to move on, Mercedes and Ferrari both have openings at the end of 2018 and Ricciardo has already been linked with both.”