Mercedes have reportedly shortlisted two drivers preparing for a potential Lewis Hamilton retirement.
Hamilton’s future seems to be up in the air after what happened at the season finale. It was heartbreak for the seven-time world champion, who missed out on number eight thanks to a bizarre series of events.
The entire season’s worth of hard work was taken away from him in a nanosecond. Such a situation must take a toll on any sportsperson, which probably explains why the retirement rumours are heating up.
Mercedes have reportedly shortlisted two drivers to race in 2022 should there be a Lewis Hamilton retirement soon.
One option the German team is weighing up is the shocking return of Valtteri Bottas. The Finn left Mercedes this season for Alfa Romeo pastures, but if the team he is leaving is really considering his return, it could open up a load of possibilities.
If Alfa Romeo allows it to happen, they will have to find a replacement at the last minute. Given they signed Bottas on a multi-year deal, it will be quite the situation to handle if it takes shape.
If Bottas is not on the table due to some or the other reason, the other option available could be pursued. The driver in question is Formula E champion Nyck de Vries.
De Vries is yet to drive a Formula 1 car, so the choice of going for him is a little left-field. Nevertheless, he is one of the most promising young drivers in racing today, and his connections with Mercedes and Toto Wolff could prove key in the decision.