Wild rumors are swirling about Lewis Hamilton’s replacement at Mercedes in 2025. But one name stands out in the frenzy – Sebastian Vettel, the quadruple world champion, could make an extraordinary return.
Team boss Toto Wolff, however, said: “We talked yesterday, but it wasn’t about him driving again. I think Sebastian has made the decision that he doesn’t want to do that anymore.”
Wolff might deny any “romantic thoughts” about Hamilton’s successor, but the plot thickens. Hamilton’s move to Ferrari in 2024 on a reportedly jaw-dropping $100 million per year deal has tongues wagging. Former Ferrari driver Mika Salo quipped, “I think Lewis already has a lot of money.”
The shift to Italy spells an awkward 2024 season for Hamilton and his successor, Carlos Sainz. Jean Alesi, another former Ferrari driver, predicts a challenging year, saying, “As soon as Lewis enters the paddock, all the questions will be about Ferrari when he has 24 grands prix to do for Mercedes.”
1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve adds intrigue, pondering how Mercedes will handle the rivalry between George Russell and Hamilton. He remarks, “It is clear that something is not working at Mercedes. Lewis no longer believes in the engineers and he no longer believes in Toto.”
Villeneuve, sharing his Mercedes 2025 wishlist, hints at the sensational: “It would be great if Mercedes signed Fernando Alonso. Also because you can’t put another young guy with Russell.”
Wolff, on the other hand, is perturbed by the secrecy surrounding Hamilton’s Ferrari negotiations, especially after Charles Leclerc’s commitment to Maranello and Lando Norris’s new McLaren deal. He asserts, “Mercedes, Ferrari, and McLaren were all recently on the same technical level. If Lewis had gone to Red Bull, the motive would have been clearer.”