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Verstappen 'hottest candidate' to replace Hamilton at Mercedes

Verstappen 'hottest candidate' to replace Hamilton at Mercedes

Verstappen 'hottest candidate' to replace Hamilton at Mercedes

Verstappen 'hottest candidate' to replace Hamilton at Mercedes

It has been reported by German press that three-time world champion Max Verstappen is the 'hottest candidate' to replace Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes.

Hamilton has decided to ditch the Brackley-based squad and instead drive for Ferrari from 2025, in a move that is set to spark chaos in the driver market.

That chaos could involve the current world champion, whose team are currently embroiled in a bit of a furore featuring their team principal.

READ MORE: Horner makes big announcement over Red Bull future

Christian Horner has previously been the subject of an internal investigation into his conduct following accusations of alleged 'inappropriate behaviour', allegations he denies and was cleared of any wrongdoing in the 'process'.

However, supposed messages allegedly sent from Horner were leaked anonymously during the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend, with rumours of a falling out between Horner and Verstappen's father Jos Verstappen confirmed by the 52-year-old himself.

READ MORE: Journalist claims Horner ‘messages’ leaked from anonymous email account

A falling out between Jos Verstappen and Christian Horner occurred during the Bahrain Grand Prix
Max Verstappen claimed victory in the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix
Christian Horner has been the subject of an internal investigation at Red Bull

Verstappen on Mercedes' watchlist

Now, Auto Motor und Sport are reporting that Red Bull star Verstappen could want out of the team amid the situation.

READ MORE: Horner in defiant stance with wife Geri after Verstappen win

The 26-year-old is currently under contract at Red Bull until 2028, but it is unclear as to any clauses that may be featured in that contract, and Mercedes are looking for someone to partner George Russell from 2025.

Jos Verstappen was pictured meeting with Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff during the Bahrain GP weekend, and the Hamilton to Ferrari story which broke during the Formula 1 off-season has proven that anything is possible in this sport.

Following Mercedes' poor showing at the Bahrain GP, it seems unlikely that Verstappen would jump the ship of the world champions, but the German publication have tipped him as the 'hottest candidate' to replace Hamilton.

READ MORE: EXCLUSIVE: Mercedes pushing Russell, NOT Hamilton insists F1 champion

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