Hamilton only needs to finish in the top five in Mexico to take a fourth world championship. Clive Rose/Getty Images/AFP
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Speaking on the eve of this weekend's Mexican Grand Prix, where he can claim his fourth world championship if he finishes in the top five, the 32-year-old Englishman was careful to praise Ricciardo, but at the same time to remain diplomatic.Following Dutchman Max Verstappen's decision to commit himself to Red Bull until the end of 2020, Ricciardo's future after 2018 remains subject of much speculation with his name linked to both Ferrari and Mercedes.Picking his words carefully, Hamilton explained: "I don't truly necessarily believe that people want to be up alongside me because that is not always necessarily the best thing for an individual, but in some cases it could be a really good thing because it can help you grow.
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