Schumacher: the ideal Vettel experience and speed for Mercedes

Formula 1 waits for no one, as speculation mounts around Lewis Hamilton’s uncertain future in the sport, Ralf Schumacher says Sebastian Vettel is well prepared to fill motorsport’s most coveted seat.

Hamilton’s reaction to the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix season finale has been linked to his social media blackout and “disappearance” since that controversial night at Yas Marina.

He is still reeling from how Max Verstappen became world champion after the controversial last ten minutes of a compelling season.

The shenanigans of race director Michael Masi and his FIA stewards on the night are well documented, have split the entire F1 community in a damned if you do or damned if you don’t scenario that presented itself when Nicholas Latifi made a prank. her Williams and set off a bewildering series of unfortunate events that night.

Fast forward almost two months and Hamilton is still underground, his team boss Toto Wolff feared he might not return. While some speculate that Masi has been fired, all will be revealed on March 18, after the investigation launched by Mohammed Ben Sulayem into the last race last year.

If Hamilton decides “enough is enough”, it’s time to move on and do music and/or fashion, Ralf Schumacher told Sky Germany that Vettel is the perfect candidate for the seat: “The experience Sebastian has, the speed he still has is ideal. And above all, he knows the Mercedes car – or the engine. I think the Aston Martin concept is also very close.

Schumacher: If Vettel had a chance to drive for Mercedes, of course he would!

“That would of course be a possibility, especially since there has now been a change of personnel at Aston Martin, which may not be as ideal for Sebastian. Because I think Otmar Szafnauer and he was a good team, ”said the younger brother of Michael Schumacher.

Vettel endured a torrid final year at Ferrari, humiliated by Charles Leclerc when the Silverstone-based outfit came calling with Lawrence Stroll’s Aston Martin mega project. He had a much better year but struggled with a car that did him and Lance Stroll no favors.

So if Mercedes were to call, chances are Vettel would jump at the chance, as pretty much every racing driver on this planet would.

“If he had the chance, of course!” Schumacher insisted. “Obviously, if he had the opportunity to come into this team, he would take it 100% because of a greater chance of competing for the world championship again; that’s what Sébastien wants. He wants to win races, he has shown that too.

“But, A, Hamilton is not gone yet and, B, he has a few other cards up his sleeve,” predicted Schumacher, winner of six Grands Prix in 180 F1 races.

Mercedes: Focus on investigation and results – and getting the car ready for the season

George Russell is leaving Williams to join Hamilton and replace Alfa Romeo-linked Valtteri Bottas. However, if plans change and car #44 becomes available, common sense suggests that Mercedes will seek an experienced driver to fill the seat. A pilot in his thirties, one imagines.

This theory would be a bummer for the likes of Nyck De Vries and even Stoffel Vandoorne, both young drivers with huge futures, connected to Mercedes and both hungry for a shot at the big time.

The smart money is on Hamilton not losing his $100m two-year extension (announced in July 2021) with Mercedes, giving up the biggest seat F1 has ever seen, demoted from A-Lister with which everyone everyone wants to hang out with B-Lister no one cares.

Like all true champions, Lewis is a sore loser, the way it happened – he feels robbed – heightening his belligerent sulk. He and Max deserved better, most in the know fans were aggrieved by what they saw from the administration that night. But now it’s time to move on.

Has Lewis already left or just shut down to recharge?

But to stop now would be selfish towards his family who have sacrificed so much for him, his team he so often confesses to adore, his true fans and F1 in general, as well as (above all) all the communities and people he helps ( and can still help) with his social justice campaigns and, off the radar, the general good deeds he is involved in, which only F1 can expose in the way it does for him.

While Vettel may be the first big name linked with Hamilton’s departure, the quieter he remains, expect Fernando Alonso, Daniel Ricciardo and maybe even Valtteri Bottas to wait for their phones to ring or make noise at through their various media. Connections.

But unfortunately for those who desire his cockpit, Lewis will be back, in fact he was never gone he could say, when he emerges again to right the wrongs, of 2021, straight by winning the 2022 F1 Title or at least give it its best shot yet.

Anything less will leave a stain on his now spotless and massive legacy as he still has so much more to give on all fronts, far beyond F1 as long as he returns with his kit bag when things pick up again with tests in Barcelona from February 23 to 25.

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