Former Ferrari supervisor predicts there shall be a driver shake-up in Formula 1 if veteran Lewis Hamilton’s seat at Mercedes turns into vacant. Then these chargeable for the Silver Arrow can use the competitors. What could possibly be higher than getting Charles Leclerc from the Scuderia. With extra penalties.
Mercedes is at the moment negotiating a contract extension with Lewis Hamilton, which is at the moment “solely” till the tip of 2023. But even when the 38-year-old has one other yr or two left, Germany’s race bosses will quickly want to exchange the veteran.
If former Ferrari supervisor and F1 pundit Peter Windsor has his manner, Mercedes group principal Toto Wolff ought to select present Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc to exchange him.
“It can be ridiculous to pair Leclerc with George Russell. But if he needs to pair Russell with Hamilton, he is positively going to need to pair him with Leclerc,” Windsor instructed crash.web.
“Let’s say Leclerc goes from Ferrari to Mercedes as an alternative of Lewis, it isn’t a very silly assumption, what would Ferrari do then? I feel they will give Landau all the pieces massively. [Norris] The present McLaren driver and mountaineer lately could not say no to the supply, Windsor reckons.
Windsor: Norris has all the time put Ferrari forward of Red Bull
According to his compatriot, the younger Briton is making ready for the subsequent large step. Norris might have even talked to Hamilton about when he would retire, Windsor suspects. However, McLaren is not going to stand in the best way of the 23-year-old, who will group up with F1 rookie Oscar Piastri on the British group subsequent season, he mentioned.
As quickly as Sergio Perez leaves Red Bull, a second driver’s seat alongside Max Verstappen could possibly be an choice for Norris, based on Windsor. But: “From Lando’s viewpoint, it isn’t straightforward. Because if there is a hole within the Ferrari, it is far more enticing to him than simply driving subsequent to Verstappen.”
Windsor additionally not too long ago named Pierre Gasly as an alternative choice for Ferrari ought to Leclerc say goodbye to Mercedes. Gasly left Red Bull after final season and moved from AlfaTauri to Alpi. “I’m certain he is considering, ‘If there’s a possibility at Ferrari, I need to be ready to take it,'” Windsor mentioned of the Frenchman.