Ricciardo could steal title from Mercedes duo warns Hakkinen

Top three in the 2014 F1 title race (L to R): Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo

Top three in the 2014 F1 title race (L to R): Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo

Double Formula 1 world champion Hakkinen warns that Red Bull‘s Daniel Ricciardo cannot be ruled out of the running for the 2014 world championship title, amid the escalating in-team battle between warring teammates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton in the dominant Mercedes team.

“Mercedes’ dominance has decreased compared to what we saw at the beginning of the season,” noted Hakkinen. “In my view, Ricciardo is dangerous. He drives for a team that has won the championship several times in a row, they have a lot of experience in these situations and show a lot of composure.”

“At Mercedes, there is more pressure and the conflict between the drivers is not helpful to the aim of bringing home the title,” Hakkinen added.

The Finn predicted that despite Mercedes’ high profile and concerted efforts to cool the feud between Rosberg and Hamilton, the pair will continue to wage their war irrespective of the consequences.

Hakkinen explained, “Both drivers will be saying: Hey, I want to be world champion. Of course internal rules like collisions early in the race cannot happen under any circumstances. But then the next race comes. I believe that despite every effort, no one will be able to stop the intense competition between Nico and Lewis.”

Ricciardo has won three races so far this season compared to five victories by Hamilton and four by Rosberg. The Australian is 64 points adrift of championship leader Rosberg and within 35 points of Hamilton’s tally. (GP247-GMM)