Schumacher Names Sebastian Vettel as the Potential Lewis Hamilton Replacement at Mercedes F1

Published 01/14/2022, 5:26 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 15, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Lewis Hamilton’s future in Formula One is still clouded in mystery. The Mercedes driver has not spoken to the media since the 2021 season finale in Abu Dhabi last month. There have been reports that he might call it quits. If this is the outcome, then former F1 driver Ralf Schumacher believes that Sebastian Vettel may replace the 7-time world champion at Mercedes.

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Ralf mentioned Vettel has the experience needed at the Mercedes AMG team as the potential replacement. He also mentioned that Vettel, who is currently driving for Aston Martin, has still got the hunger to fight for wins and championships.

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Sebastian Vettel knows the Mercedes car or the engine: Ralf Schumacher

As reported by Sky. Sport. de, the former Williams driver mentioned that the four-time world champion has got some experience of the workings of Mercedes.

“The experience that Sebastian has, the speed that he still has. And above all, he knows the Mercedes car–or the engine. And I think the Aston Martin concept is also very close. That would, of course, be a possibility, especially since there has now been a change in personnel at Aston Martin, which may not be quite as ideal for Sebastian. Because I think Otmar Szafnauer and he – that was a good team,” said Ralf.

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Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021, Second-placed Sebastian Vettel of Aston Martin and third-placed Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes on the podium after the race Pool via REUTERS/Florian Goga

Although it is still unclear whether Hamilton will leave the Mercedes team in 2022, this is an interesting take.

“Obviously if he had an opportunity to get into this team, then he would take it 100 percent because a bigger chance of competing for the World Cup again – that’s what Sebastian wants. He wants to win races. He showed that too. A is not gone yet and Lewis Hamilton B has a few other talents up his sleeve,” said the former F1 driver.

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It would be an interesting choice from Mercedes if they appoint Vettel to replace Lewis. Assuming this scenario comes to fruition, how do you think the German will perform in Mercedes?

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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