Four drivers who could replace Hamilton at Mercedes

Formula 1: Mercedes chief Toto Wolff will be watching another driver when Lewis Hamilton, finally, chooses to call the time in his Formula One career. The seven-time defending champion is contracted with the Silver Arrows until the end of the following year, however, at 37 years old, he will surely have one eye on his post-F1 career. We take a look at the four drivers who could replace him at Mercedes. Follow the Formula 1 updates at InsideSport.IN

Formula 1: Fernando Alonso

Aston Martin stunned the Formula 1 world before this week when they reported that Fernando Alonso will take over from Sebastian Vettel from next season. Alonso has a long-term agreement with Aston Martin. However, he is likely to seize the opportunity to join Mercedes when Hamilton resigns.

The Spaniard brought home the Formula 1 titles in 2005 and 2006 and is set to lead Kimi Raikkonen by the most entries at this year’s Grand Prix. Alonso looks as excited as expected to win in Formula 1 and could end up with a third title should the silver stock be called.

Formula 1: Max Verstappen

Red Bull ace Max Verstappen is the best F1 driver on the planet at the moment, and topped his first Formula One title last year when he beat Hamilton in the tie-breaking season in Abu Dhabi. Since then, the Dutchman has struck another agreement with the Austrian group worth ÂŁ45m a year and is on his way to the top spot in a second championship this season as he somehow tops the drivers’ championship standings.

Formula 1: Max Verstappen won his first F1 title last year at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Meanwhile, Mercedes hasn’t been competitive in the first races of this season, but it has been running lately. What’s more, should they be significant in bringing the Championships home in the coming years, they may be tempted to make a move for Verstappen.

Valtteri Bottas

If Wolff has any desire to replace Hamilton with the current F1 driver, he may have a greater chance of landing Valtteri Bottas for a second time. Bottas was a teammate of Hamilton at Mercedes for a long time before being replaced by George Russell ahead of the 2022 season.

During his time with the Silver Arrows, the Finn twice took second place in the drivers’ championship standings and finished third in two other events. Furthermore, he helped Mercedes reach the top in the constructors’ championship constantly when he was with them.

Nico Rosberg

Wolff could go pick the left field in terms of replacing Hamilton and he could try to get Nico Rosberg back on the track. Rosberg came home with his first Formula One title in 2016 before deciding to quit the game.

Formula 1: Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has four options for drivers if Lewis Hamilton returns from the sport - check
Formula 1: Nico Rosberg won his first Formula 1 title in 2016.

Whatever it was, he had indicated going back earlier and could follow through as he left it in case there was no chance that the Silver Arrows offered him a chance to do so.

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