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Lewis Hamilton F1 succession plan in full swing as Mercedes line up two replacements

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Mercedes will keep Lewis Hamilton around for as long as possible, but even they know the time is approaching when they will have to go on without the seven-time champion

Sooner or later, Mercedes will have to adapt to life without Lewis Hamilton.

It seems they will have at least two more seasons with the seven-time world champion still leading the charge. He signed a new deal last year which will keep him with Mercedes and in Formula 1 until at least the end of 2025.

And, even though he will be almost 41 by the time this deal ends, there is no reason to assume that this contract will be his last. With eight podiums in 2023, Hamilton’s old rival Fernando Alonso, aged 42, proved that age really is just a number.

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But Mercedes know that he is not a long-term option and that they will one day have to fill his seat. Fortunately for them, they already have two drivers on the books who look well-placed to be called upon to step up when the time does eventually come.

One of them has been spoken about a lot in recent months. Andrea Kimi Antonelli has a burgeoning reputation at the age of 17, thanks to his performances in the junior categories, and is being spoken about as an F1 star of the future.

Team principal Toto Wolff has spoken highly of the Italian but cautioned against building the teenager up too much. Despite that, Antonelli has skipped F3 entirely and has been handed a top Formula 2 seat with Prema for the upcoming 2024 season.

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