Reports: Lewis Hamilton Could Be Replaced by Hulkenberg Amidst F1 Exit Speculation

Published 12/22/2021, 5:12 AM EST
SUZUKA, JAPAN – Nico Hulkenberg of Germany and Renault Sport F1 walks in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)


Even though Sir Lewis Hamilton signed a contract extension with Mercedes earlier this season, fans are speculating if Hamilton will feature on the grid for 2022, as there are reports emerging that Hamilton could walk away following the events of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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If that is the case, the Silver Arrows need to find a quick solution to their driver problem. And it seems like they have found their answer in Nico Hulkenberg.

Nico Hulkenberg could replace Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes

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There is a lot of speculation about whether Hamilton will be on the grid in 2022, due to the controversial Abu Dhabi GP. Hence, in order to solve their driver problems, the Brackley-based outfit could bring in Hulkenberg as reported by Focus.de

MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 06: Nico Hulkenberg of Germany and Renault Sport F1 looks on in the garage during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 06, 2019 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Most talented drivers on the grid have their contracts sorted out with their respective teams. Hence, the former Renault driver is the best option as he has better experience than Mercedes-associated drivers such as Nyck de Vries and Stoffel Vandoorne. But having the German as their driver would only be a short-term plan for the outfit, in all probability.

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How did Bottas and Hamilton perform at Mercedes in 2021?

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The Brackley-based outfit team had an intense fight with Red Bull all season long, both in the constructors and the driver’s championship. Lewis Hamilton managed to bag eight wins, five pole positions, and seventeen podiums. While Valtteri Bottas managed one win, four poles, and eleven podiums.

Formula One F1- Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – December 4, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Hamilton earned 387.5 points, and Bottas bagged 226 points, giving a total of 613.5 to the Silver Arrows, which saw them win the constructor’s championship but miss out on the driver’s championship.

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What is your prediction for the Toto Wolff-led team as they prepare for the 2022 season? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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