Lewis Hamilton’s future in Formula 1 is a big talking point, a contract with Mercedes is yet to be signed, prompting the question: Will the seven-time F1 World Champion be replaced by team reserve Mick Schumacher should no deal be struck?
We’re almost halfway through the F1 2023 schedule, and the asphalt won’t cool down soon. Across Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Spain, famous figures have been going toe-to-toe and reaching notable milestones.
With Red Bull, Max Verstappen claimed his maiden Melbourne win at the Australian Grand Prix, while Fernando Alonso secured his 100th F1 podium in Saudi Arabia. Mercedes made it to two stands at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain with the Lewis Hamilton and George Russell duo.
With upcoming races in Canada, Austria, and Great Britain, don’t be surprised by an upset. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc bagged the third podium in Azerbaijan, ousting significant heavyweights. Such intrigues will rile up F1 fans, who can access various F1 betting sites for many betting markets.
Race Winner, Podium Finish, or Fastest Lap Time are some of the markets that provide an exciting experience and opportunity for a successful prediction.
Emerging news that will cause murmurs for F1 bettors and spectators alike is Hamilton’s contract situation with Mercedes. Despite lengthy talks with the German outfit, Hamilton has yet to extend his stay with the Silver Arrows.
The Brit is contracted with Mercedes until the end of the year, but his replacement for a Pirelli tire test in Mick Schumacher in Barcelona raised eyebrows. However, Hamilton has shot down any fears relating to his contract talks, stating he remains calm and expects matters to be resolved soon. “We are working on renewing my contract,” Lewis informed L’Equipe.
“When we are in negotiations, there’s always speculation. But I don’t even know where this story is coming from. We are working with Toto to finalize all this. If it takes a little longer, we want to improve things for the future.”
Schumacher as Mercedes reserve is most likely to step up to an empty Mercedes F1 seat
The consensus is that the Brit will agree to new terms in the not-too-distant future, with Mercedes already securing George Russell an extension ahead of the much-anticipated. However, what are the team’s options if. for whatever reason Hamilton does not sign an extension?
Schumacher, son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher, is the Mercedes reserve. With two forgettable years with the Haas team, after which he was ditched by the American outfit T0to Wolff provided the 24-year-old with a lifeline and basically save the German’s F1 career.
Theoretically, with Hamilton out of the picture, George Russell will assume to role of team leader, with Schumacher junior the number-two driver for a second shot at establishing himself as a respectable driver in the top flight, in demand by teams other than Mercedes.
This would be a big break for Schumacher, and give him an opportunity to prove to the paddock that he is indeed the real deal but at the same time, with a top team like Mercedes, Mick will have to deliver on a level he has yet attained. At Haas, he was plagued with a back-of-the-grid car.
At Mercedes, Mick will be expected to run highly-rated Russell close and even beat him and, of course, he will be racing wheel-to-wheel with F1’s elite at the sharp end of proceedings with nowhere to hide. However, before that happens, all hinges on what kind of deal Hamilton will ink.