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today is Jan 31, 2023

Daniel Ricciardo insists that his future in F1 is "not relative" to what other drivers such as Lewis Hamilton do.

While Ricciardo has ruled out the possibility of being on the grid in 2023, the Australian has stated his intentions to return in 2024 and has previously acknowledged that taking a reserve driver role next season could be an option.

This led to rumours of a position with Red Bull, though Ricciardo recently denied that he has any deal in place with any team for 2023.

Elsewhere, Hamilton – whose current contract with Mercedes expires at the end of 2023 – has spoken of his desire to sign a new multi-year deal with the team, suggesting that he will remain on the Formula 1 grid in 2024 and beyond.

However, Ricciardo does not believe that his own future is reliant on other drivers making moves.

Ricciardo 'not banking' on any other F1 driver's move

When asked whether Hamilton's plan to stay in F1 longer changes anything for his own future, Ricciardo suggested that this is not the case.

"The truth is I want him to stay in the sport," Ricciardo told media, including, ahead of the Mexican Grand Prix.

"He's one of the greatest ever to do it and I think competing with him, going wheel to wheel with him is fun, it's awesome.

"It's normally at the pointy end, so I certainly wish to do that more in the future and that's where it currently lies.

"I think my future will be, let's say, I don't think it's relative to what others do. Opportunities will arise when they do.

"I'm not banking on anyone doing something so I can find my way. I want to take the time necessary, keep a little bit of distance to the sport and rebuild myself.

"Then yeah, if something makes sense in 24, I'll come back with a vengeance and have some fun and hopefully race at the front."