Hamilton names his successor

Hamilton names his successor

While he will leave Mercedes for Ferrari next season, Lewis Hamilton would like to see Sebastian Vettel replace him with the Silver Arrows. The German driver, retired from F1 since the end of 2022, recently made it known that he was not against a return.

Next season, a big game of musical chairs is set to shake up the world of Formula 1, with Lewis Hamilton leaving Mercedes to join Ferrari. He will replace Carlos Sainz Jr, and it is hard to imagine the recent winner of the Australian Grand Prix remaining without a steering wheel. A departure of Max Verstappen from Red Bull cannot be ruled out either, and Toto Wolff, the boss of Mercedes, is flirting with him to attract him to the Silver Arrows. But Lewis Hamilton sees another former world champion replacing him: Sebastian Vettel (36), retired from Formula since the end of 2022.

“I would really like Seb to come back. I think it would be an excellent option for the team: a German driver, several times world champion, someone who has extraordinary values ​​and who will continue to help the team progress.. I would love for him to come back,” the 39-year-old said at the press conference on the sidelines of the Japanese Grand Prix, which takes place on Sunday.

Russell isn’t against it either

While he recently completed 118 laps of the Aragon circuit in the Porsche that competes in the World Endurance Championship, Sebastian Vettel confided that the idea of ​​a return to F1 crossed his mind. “I’m talking to Toto Wolff. I don’t know if you can say it’s about Mercedes, but it’s about other things,” he also confided. The rumors should therefore continue to spread in the coming weeks. Mercedes is expected to make a decision on which driver will alongside George Russell next season during the summer.

The latter also said he was ready to welcome Vettel in 2025: “Sebastian is a great person. He’s a four-time world champion and his personality is definitely missing on the grid. I think it’s important that we have the 20 best drivers in the world all fighting to win races and championships. I’m very happy and open to the idea of ​​having anyone as a teammate, whether it’s a world champion or a beginner, it doesn’t change anything in the way I work. We will welcome everyone. »

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