Here’s Who Could Replace Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes for the Sakhir GP

Published 12/01/2020, 3:05 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon


The second Sakhir Grand Prix will not see Lewis Hamilton fighting for another win. It is reported that Lewis Hamilton has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be racing this weekend. Meanwhile, there are doubts regarding his presence at the Abu Dhabi race as well.

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As per the FIA COVID-19 protocols, he will have to report a negative coronavirus result to return to the paddock. According to the protocols, he is now isolated from the rest of the drivers. All contacts have also been declared and FIA and Formula 1 are working towards limiting its impact to this weekend’s race.

So, the question is, who will replace the seven-time world champion this weekend? The reports suggest a couple of names that could take Hamilton’s place this weekend. Stoffel Vandoorne and Nico Hulkenberg could get a chance to prove themselves by driving the Silver Arrow.

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The replacement options for Lewis Hamilton

Stoffel Vandoorne is being strongly hinted as Hamilton’s replacement this weekend. The former McLaren driver was appointed as Mercedes’ reserve driver at the beginning of the year.  It is reported that he will be flying to Bahrain after his Formula-E race today. However, there is no confirmation as the official replacement.

Vandoorne shares the reserve driver role with Esteban Gutierrez. Gutierrez is a former Haas driver who has been working with Mercedes since 2018. However, Gutierrez may not replace Hamilton this weekend due to ambiguity over his super license.

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Sauber Formula One driver Esteban Gutierrez of Mexico sits in his car during a practice session at the Belgian F1 Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Yves Herman

The Mexican last competed in a Formula 1 race years ago. As per the rules, he must complete a test of 300kms in an F1 car for his super license.

Another possible replacement driver could be Nico Hulkenberg. Hulkenberg has already been used as a replacement in three different races replacing Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll. Therefore, the only viable options for Mercedes are Vandoorne and Hulkenberg.

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Furthermore, the Brackley outfit also has George Russell within its ranks. However, the British driver relinquishing his role at Williams seems unlikely.

However, it is certain that whoever they choose as the replacement will have a challenging race weekend. The Silver Arrow is the fastest car on the grid and could provide a significant chance to claim a podium.

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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