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Daniel Ricciardo reveals 'awkward silences' between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton

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Australian Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo has this week publicly tipped Nico Rosberg to win this season's Driver's Championship.

The Red Bull Racing team member said: "I think, over the summer break like when Lewis made up that deficit to Nico and came back, it was like okay, nobody's gonna touch Lewis, but now Nico's come back." 

He went on to say that if he had to choose a winner between the two drivers, then he would have to 'throw a spanner in the works, and pick Nico.'


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Ricciardo recently experienced what the mood is like between Rosberg and Hamilton, with the three drivers all making it to the podium at the 2016 Singapore Grand Prix. 

It was the fourth podium finish in five races for the 27-year-old, who ensured a grand stand finish to the race when he charged down eventual winner Rosberg to finish in second place, after closing the gap from 30 seconds to under a second at the chequered flag.

The win for Rosberg was his third successive victory, and as a result, it sees him take the top spot in the Driver's Championship leaderboard on 273 points. Lewis Hamilton - who finished third place in Singapore - dropped to second place in the driver's standings on 265 points, and Ricciardo sits in third place overall with 179 points.

In the interview for Sky Sports, Ricciardo went on to talk about his experiences whilst being in close proximity to the two Mercedes teammates backstage in the podium room. This is where the drivers wait before they make their way out in front of the fans to receive their trophies.

With a distinct cheer in his voice, he says: "The best part is, if you get on the podium with them two, is in the podium room, before we go out on the podium.

"It's awkward for me because it's just so silent, I don't like silence too much so I either talk to my self or make conversation with them, but they're just happy sort of enjoying the awkward silence, It's quite fun."

Competition between Formula One drivers and their teammates are every bit as much a part of Formula One as the duels between the drivers of rival teams and the rivalries of the teams themselves.

The Mercedes rivalry between Hamilton and Rosberg is not quite to the level of ferocity as say Ayrton Senna's rivalry with Alain Prost, or Nigel Mansell's battle with Nelson Piquet, but it does bring added spice to the 2016 season.

It will certainly make the run in all the more exciting to watch for those both inside and outside of the sport.

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