Hamilton hails Ricciardo 'one of the best drivers'

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11 August 2014 by TF1T Staff

Lewis Hamilton has called rival Daniel Ricciardo "one of the best" drivers on the grid in light of the Red Bull drivers latest victory.

The Australian is just one of three to have won a race in 2014 and the only non-Mercedes driver to have done so thanks to his Canadian and Hungarian triumphs.

It's helped to put him third in championship on 131 points, 43 ahead of four-time championship winning team-mate Sebastian Vettel which "says it all" according to Fernando Alonso.

Hamilton agrees and believes Ricciardo is now up there with the best.

"He's been driving fantastically well from the beginning of the year," Hamilton told the BBC.

"He's shown his capability and is going from strength to strength. He's not only one of the nicest guys in the paddock, but also one of the best drivers here, for sure."