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Toto Wolff could bring Valtteri Bottas, one of the drivers he represents, back to Mercedes
The 2024 season has not started and We already have movements for the 2025 season in Formula 1. The announcement about the arrival of Lewis Hamilton at Ferrari will imply a series of important movements on the grid, starting with the name of the driver who will arrive at Mercedes to take Hamilton’s place, in addition of the future of Carlos Sainz, the man sacrificed by Ferrari.
Now the most complicated task is coming up for Toto Wolff, who had always had Hamilton in his ranks and the changes he had to make at the time was to occupy the second seat. He resolved well when Nico Rosberg decided to retire and called Valtteri Bottas and when he left, he called George Russell.
In these two movements, Toto Wolff relied on pilots whom he himself represents, For this reason, it is said and said that a similar move could be applied before betting on someone external, as in the case of Checo Pérez.
The drivers who are rumored to replace Hamilton at Mercedes
In that sense, the drivers who are represented by Toto Wolff They are Valtteri Bottas, who already knows the team; Esteban Ocon and Mick Schumacher. Of the three of them, the most viable option would be Bottas, mainly due to experience.
They remain in the range of options Carlos Sainz and Checo Pérezif the Mexican does not renew his contract with Red Bull, but also be careful with what may happen with Alex Albon and there is never a lack of someone to put Fernando Alonso. In Formula 1 there are many rumors circulating, so it is best to wait until at least 10 races have been run to measure performance.
Audi and Carlos Sainz for 2026 or from 2025?
It must be remembered that there is also the Audi project, which will enter Formula 1 starting in 2026, and it has been said for a long time that Carlos Sainz would enter this project, which It would reinforce the theory that Bottas would return to Mercedes.
If Sainz is recruited from 2025, then the Skate team, which will give its name to Audi in 2026, would then have to get rid of one of its current drivers (Bottas and Guanyu Zhou).
Can Checo Pérez be Hamilton’s replacement?
That’s the million dollar question. Checo Pérez ends his contract at Red Bull in 2024 and Christian Horner does not rule out a new renewal; It all depends on your performance.
After Hamilton’s move to Ferrari, there are those who put Checo in Mercedes because he is an experienced driver, who usually works well with mechanics and engineers, in addition to having media and marketing power and because could provide relevant information from Red Bull to Mercedes.
Rumors and changes in Formula 1 for 2025
|What is said
|It is already a fact that he will go to Ferrari from 2025
|He is the sacrifice of Ferrari and has long been linked with Audi (Skate). Don’t rule it out for Mercedes
|He is represented by Toto Wolff and the fact that he has a background in Mercedes makes him the most viable option to replace Hamilton.
|It is also represented by Toto Wolff, but despite being an experienced driver, he is not a completely reliable steering wheel.
|If he repeats a season as stable as in 2023, some window will open in this series of changes
|The Mexican ends his contract in 2024 with Red Bull. Some place him at Mercedes in 2025 because he is experienced and because of his marketing power, in addition to the fact that he could give information about Red Bull to the German team.
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