Former Formula One driver Mark Webber believes that Daniel Ricciardo, the man who replaced his at Red Bull Racing following his retirement can challenge Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes for the world championship this season.

Ricciardo who finished third in the championship behind the Mercedes duo of world champion Nico Rosberg and his team mate Lewis Hamilton.

Ricciardo along with his team mate Max Verstappen were the only drivers other than Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton to win races last year and Webber believes that Ricciardo was the most consistent driver in 2016 and feels that his fellow Australian can be a championship contender this season if Red Bull Racing give him a car capable of competing with Mercedes.

Williams Martini Racing’s Valtteri Bottas is expected to replace Nico Rosberg as Lewis Hamilton’s team mate at Mercedes but Webber believes that whoever replaces the German it will shake up the Formula One market.

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