- Lewis Hamilton's move to Ferrari leads to chaos in the F1 drivers' market.
- Mick Schumacher looks to pounce on the big opportunity, and win a place on the grid for 2025.
Lewis Hamilton may have gifted Mercedes enough time to evaluate their future, but that doesn’t mean the Brackley-based outfit would remain unscarred by the forthcoming shift in the drivers’ line-up. Imagine a driver of Hamilton’s caliber leaving a team after journeying with it for nearly a decade. Hamilton and Mercedes, together, have secured a whopping 14 championship trophies.
Therefore, Toto Wolff and Co. could well anticipate a bitter start to 2025, possibly struggling to strike the right balance within the team and concealing all the voids left behind by their treasured multiple-time world champion. The Austrian may have already begun wondering who could be the perfect fit for the second seat at Mercedes
Of course, several drivers are already eyeing the big prize in Brackley, including the likes of Carlos Sainz, Fernando Alonso, and others. Rumors are suggesting Sainz could be interested in the seat while his fellow countryman Alonso could also see this as a chance to revive his title-winning years. Not to forget Esteban Ocon, who is still being managed by Wolff and has been Mercedes’ go-to driver in crisis.
But, amidst such a strong battle for the one precious seat, Mick Schumacher is quite certain that he could be a resilient candidate. The fact that Schumacher will finally return to full-time racing this year is a huge advantage for the German.
Mick Schumacher prepared to succeed Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes
Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher’s son, Mick, opined that Hamilton’s shocking leap to Ferrari has opened the driver’s market wide open. While Schumacher’s chances of securing a seat at Mercedes may not be as high as other contenders, he is very much a front-runner to secure a place on the grid in 2025 by signing for a mid-field team.
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“In any case, my eye is still very much on Formula 1, and the fact that there is now a lot of buzz in the driver market means that one or two doors may open,” he said. If Ocon moves to Mercedes, Schumacher could be a candidate for Alpine. It’s a similar story with Alonso at Aston Martin, Albon at Williams, Hulkenberg at Haas, and more.
With all to play for this year, how many drivers are going to lose their seats going into a seemingly chaotic 2025 campaign? Let’s wait and watch how it all plays out.