As Nico Rosberg departs Formula One, millions of Formula One fans have been left asking who will take Nico Rosberg’s seat at Mercedes GP?
Back in February, I predicted that Toto Wolff was lining up Pascal Wehrlein to eventually driver for Mercedes, and I also predicted that he would eventually take Rosberg’s seat. What I didn’t know at the time is that Rosberg would retire so soon.
Sadly, Wehrlein’s first year driving for Manor Racing hasn’t been as great as it could have, and I expected that Wehrlein would have got at least another year racing for Manor before making the move to Mercedes.
Despite struggling to secure podiums with Ferrari, Vettel appears to be at home with the Italian team for now. Vettel has always wanted to follow in the steps of his idol Michael Schumacher, and a Championship win with Ferrari is Vettel’s ultimate dream. Plus, with new regulations coming into place for 2017, Vettel is surely going to give the team at least one more year to give him the car he needs.
For some, the idea of Max Verstappen driving a Mercedes is a dream come true, but for others, it’s a nightmare. There’s absolutely no doubt that Max Verstappen will be World Champion sometime soon but at the moment he’s considerably tied into Red Bull. He also owes Red Bull a considerable amount of loyalty for having the faith to swap him with Kyvat mid season.
However, Max Verstappen also has another powerful tool at hand in his father, Jos. Jos Verstappen is a tour de force when it comes to getting what he wants and this might just be the opportunity to get Max into the top car in Formula One.
Pressure and loyalties aside, Max Verstappen has taken some risky moves this year and it would be a brave decisions for Toto Wolff and Niki Lauder to try to steel him from Red Bull. It could also be contractually very expensive.
It’s no secret that Alonso has been unhappy with McLaren’s progress this season, openly referring to to car as having a “GP 2 engine”. Alonso also has past links with Mercedes as an engine manufacturer. However, he is getting towards the latter years of his career.
It could be a dream come true for Alonso fans to see him in a truly competitive car.
Just like Rosberg, The Hulk has shown he has a lot of ability. However, he has already signed up to Renault for 2017 so a move to Mercedes looks very unlikely.
It’s got to be Wehrlein, surely?
At the moment, no one knows who will take Nico Rosberg’s seat at Mercedes GP, but whoever it is there’s going to have a lot to live up to.
My money’s on Wehrlein…it makes perfect sense for Mercedes, even if it’s a little earlier than they may have expected.