Hamilton officially became the most successful winner the sport has ever seen at the Grand Prix of Eifel when he celebrated his 91st victory and put him on a par with Michael Schumacher.
However, many believe that despite the numbers, he is not one of the best drivers of all time and claims that he was only so successful because his car was dominant at Mercedes.
Ricciardo, who finished the race at the Nürburgring next to Hamilton on the podium in P3, does not believe that this is the case.
“His career has been in the sport for well over a decade now and it’s not easy to keep coming back and showing this level of consistency at the top,” said the Renault driver, as quoted by Autosport.com.
“I think we are up here [on the podium]I think we understand. You can have a package and a car to do it, but it does every weekend when the lights go out. It is easier said than done. With great respect for sure.
“I also think the gift he received: one of Michael’s helmets, it’s one of the coolest gifts I’ve ever seen in sports.”
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Claims that Hamilton is only so successful because of the car have been around since his first title win at Mercedes in 2014. The German team has dominated the sport since this year.
The Brit says his desire to be part of a team of such a force was largely why he left McLaren to replace Schumacher there.
“I wanted to be part of a team that might not have been that successful, that was growing, and I wanted to be part of this growing journey and building something relatively new,” he said.
“It was an exciting challenge and I didn’t know how long it would be before we could win. But I really believed that we would get there someday. ”
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