Mercedes has taken to social media to reveal a third option to partner Lewis Hamilton next season.

Sporting hearts skipped a collective beat when it was announced that football superstar Lionel Messi would no longer continue at FC Barcelona. The Argentine is a free agent for the first time in his career, and every team is scrambling for his signature.

Apparently, they don’t even have to be football teams, as Mercedes showed. The hilarious Twitter admin for the German team tried their luck at landing Leo. They revisited their old troll tweet of them approaching Messi to sign for them, and brought that back up in the light of recent events.

Mercedes may want two G.O.A.Ts in their lineup, but unfortunately, that’s not possible. With their other driver in Valtteri Bottas heavily linked with an exit from the team, the Mercedes second seat is the most valuable commodity in F1 today. George Russell is the favourite to take it, with Bottas retaining also a possibility.

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Bottas hasn’t been having his best season, and his misery continued at the Hungarian Grand Prix. There, he triggered a series of collisions that took multiple drivers out of the race, including himself. However, Team Principal Toto Wolff has assured that said event will not be considered while making the decision.

“No, the mistake was unfortunate with big consequences. It doesn’t influence at all the decision,” Wolff said. 

“(We are) also happy (with) Valtteri’s racing in Austria. In my opinion, (he) was really good, and he needs to consolidate that. He’s a known factor. In the same way, we know the strength and weaknesses of George, and that decision is going to be made during the summer.

“We value them both for their strengths and for what they can contribute to the team,” he concluded.

The future will reveal what’s in store for Bottas, Russell and Mercedes. Until then, in our humble opinion, Mercedes should leave no stone unturned to sign their third option in Messi.

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