Mercedes may have just named their No 1 choice to replace Lewis Hamilton

Toto Wolff has revealed that Lewis Hamilton was given a short two-year contract partially to protect the future of young star Andrea Kimi Antonelli. In a hint that the 17-year-old is the primary contender to succeed Hamilton, Wolff says he wants to avoid a situation similar to the one that saw Mercedes miss out on Max Verstappen.



Red Bull star Verstappen was being eyed by Mercedes a decade ago. However, the Silver Arrows had Hamilton and Nico Rosberg tied to long-term deals, allowing Red Bull to swoop in to snatch the Dutchman from their grasp.


Mercedes handed Hamilton a two-year contract last summer, but he has since decided to leave midway through the deal in 2025. The seven-time world champion will join Ferrari at the start of next year.


Speculation has turned to who will replace Hamilton’s seat at Mercedes. Wolff appeared to be open to the idea of Antonelli being the long-term successor. The Italian has been elevated into F2 for the upcoming campaign to prepare him for the rigours of Formula One.



Gideon Canice

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