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Lewis Hamilton F1 News: Carlos Sainz tipped as replacement for Silverstone winner

Lewis Hamilton F1 News: Carlos Sainz tipped as replacement for Silverstone winner
Lewis Hamilton F1 News: Carlos Sainz tipped as replacement for Silverstone winner

A former Formula 1 world champion believes that departing Ferrari star Carlos Sainz is committed to moving to Mercedes to replace Lewis Hamilton.

The Spaniard will be replaced at the iconic Italian team next season, with the current Mercedes driver Hamilton to take his place.

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Since the announcement in February, Sainz has been linked with almost every team on the grid.

Williams are the frontrunners to secure his signature, while Alpine has emerged as a potential contender in recent weeks.

It is also believed that the three-time winner of the race rejected an offer from Audi – who will make his Formula 1 debut in 2026 – as he aims for a place with a more established team.

Carlos Sainz has been linked with a move to a number of teams on the grid
Lewis Hamilton will replace the Spaniard at Ferrari next year

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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has long been an admirer of the 29-year-old and has admitted that he is one of the several options are being considered stand next to each other next year George Russel.

Reserve driver Andrea Kimi Antonelli is also one of the names in the frame to take over from Hamilton, and showed his potential by winning the F2 Sprint Race at Silverstone last weekend.

Considering that the talented Italian is only 17, it remains to be seen whether he is ready to make the move to Formula 1 at this stage.

World Champion 1997 Jacques Villeneuve believes Sainz is keeping his fingers crossed that the Brackley-based organisation will come, but has the former McLaren driver to to determine his thoughts about his next destination or risk being left out in the cold.

“He’s probably still hoping for Mercedes – Antonelli is not good enough, so the seat is still available for a few years,” he told OLBG.com.

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Jacques Villenueve has urged Sainz to make a decision about his future

“But if you play the waiting game, you may find yourself the last one standing, and being last is not a positive thing here.

“At some point you start to annoy other teams who have made you great offers. He seemed certain he was going to go to Williams, and then something happened.

“If you get a good offer and you keep putting it off, people will get annoyed and they won’t want it anymore.”

“If you sign very late and make it clear to the team that they were only your third choice, that’s not the best way to do it either.”

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