Hamilton: I am sure Verstappen is on Mercedes' list

Hamilton: I am sure Verstappen is on Mercedes’ list

Hamilton: I am sure Verstappen is on Mercedes' list

Lewis Hamilton, on his final Formula 1 season with Mercedes, claims Max Verstappen is on the list of drivers the team would be considering as his replacement in 2025.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has recently declared that his team will be bold when deciding which driver replaces Hamilton at the team in 2025, when the seven-time F1 Champion becomes a Ferrari driver.

While many believed Wolff’s statement was hinting at having Formula 2 rookie and Mercedes junior driver, Andrea Kimi Antonelli would the driver to partner George Russell at Mercedes from 2025 onwards.

While there have been speculation regarding a Fernando Alonso move to Mercedes, some even saying Sebastian Vettel might come back from retirement to replace his former rival at the team, the recent events at Red Bull Racing have provided a basis for more speculation.

With the controversy surrounding Red Bull boss Christian Horner, and the increasingly evident rift with the Verstappen camp especially given the latest statement of the triple F1 Champion’s father Jos, there is a certain belief that Verstappen junior may jump ship to Mercedes in 2025.

Presented with these facts ahead of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Hamilton refused to rule out any driver mover within F1, taking his own to Ferrari in 2025 as supporting evidence.

Speaking to the media, quote by PA Media, Hamilton said: “My move has shown that anything is possible. I know and I am sure Max is on the list. I wouldn’t say I am surprised that he is being considered. He is a great driver.”

Verstappen alongside Russell would be interesting

Hinting yet again at the 2021 Abu Dhabi F1 season finale, Hamilton said: “Max in that moment did what he had to do. It was nothing on him.

“It was the sport that let us down and that wasn’t his fault. If I was in his position I would have done the same thing, so there are no issues there.

“If you run a team you want the best driver and a driver that brings in the eyeballs and brings in the sponsorship and he is one of those. I understand it but it wouldn’t make sense for him, but it will be interesting to see,” Hamilton mused.

Russell has been tipped to became Mercedes’ team leader once Hamilton is out of the picture, pairing him with Verstappen would be interesting to say the least.

Hamilton commented: “George (Russell) is an integral part of this team and he will be here for the long haul. He is doing a great job and he will grow to be a leader of this team so it will be interesting to see what their relationship looks like but I am sure they will work it out.

“It will definitely be a strong line-up,” Hamilton, a winner of a record 103 grands prix, concluded.

While Russell insisted he wouldn’t mind who joins him at Mercedes, even Verstappen, claiming he welcomes a challenge, Verstappen declared it would take something “really crazy” for him to decide a leave Red Bull.

Big Question: Would it be smart for Verstappen to leave Red Bull for Mercedes?