Lewis Hamilton’s sensational move to Ferrari at the end of this season has the Formula 1 world in a proper spin, as no one saw it coming and we have dubbed F1’s News of the Century – now we wait to hear who will replace the seven-time World Champion at Mercedes.
In this episode of NewsDesk Unplugged Paul Velasco & Jad Mallak discuss who might be the driver to fill Hamilton’s shoes for the German team. There will be a list of F1 drivers calling Mercedes boss Toto Wolff to offer their services.
One could hazard a bet and reckon that the first call would’ve been from Fernando Alonso! Seriously though, the list of candidates will be long and include the likes of Valtteri Bottas returning. Or Mick Schumacher stepping up from his Merc F1 reserve role, or teenage sensation Kimi Antonelli, maybe Wolff protege Esteban Ocon? What about Lando Norris? And Sebastian Vettel making a return? He is younger than Lewis after all.
Whatever the case this F1 Silly Season will be a long one, starting as early as 1 February this year! Beyond Hamilton’s move, there is likely to be a flurry of activity on the driver market until 2025 is upon us.
Sir Lewis will don the Red of Ferrari, in the footsteps of some of the sport’s greatest drivers for another chapter of his remarkable F1 career which we are privileged to witness.
GRANDPRIX247 editorial duo Paul & Jad share their thoughts on a development that has altered the F1 narrative unexpectedly and for the better. Mercedes hunting for a new driver is one of the highlights we will follow until the coveted seat is filled.
Since Mercedes returned to the top flight in 2010, their full-time drivers have been Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas and George Russell.