Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has urged Red Bull's newest recruit Daniel Ricciardo to attack Sebastian Vettel from the start of the 2014 season.

Drawing comparisons between the Australian and his own debut at a top team back in 2007, Hamilton believes the 24-year-old needs to have a positive mindset heading into the new season.

"When Ron (Dennis) told me I would be much slower than Fernando, I thought 'He's wrong'," Hamilton is quoted by Brazil's Totalrace.

"Attacking from the first race was one of the best things I could have done in Formula One," he added.

Indeed Hamilton passed his then illustrious team-mate Alonso at the first corner of his first race back in 2007 and that marked the start of an intense rivalry between the pair which ran all year and ultimately led to the Spaniard's departure.

Of course Ricciardo has the experience of two years at Toro Rosso before making the leap up to Red Bull partnering the current quadruple world champion Vettel, while Hamilton admitted he believed the team would have picked a higher profile driver, he admits the promotion of the Aussie "makes sense".

"It was a surprise to me when it was announced," Hamilton said, "but as they have a team just for the young guys to gain experience, it is good to see that it is working.

"He will come in with a good car, in a seat that many others would like to have -- not me, because I already have a good car," he insisted.

"So I'm cheering for him and hoping that he can handle the pressure -- because it is always very high when a young guy comes into a top team. But I'm sure he will do well."

Asked what advice he would give Ricciardo as to how to handle the early days alongside an illustrious team-mate such as Vettel, Hamilton said he would "love to see" the man from Perth overtake Vettel at turn one at his home race in Australia next year.

"He does not need to do that, but it would be fantastic for any driver," added Hamilton. "Hopefully I'll see it happen in my rear mirror."

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