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Mercedes will not announce Nico Rosberg's F1 replacement until the New Year

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Mercedes will not announce Nico Rosberg's F1 replacement until the New Year
Dec 15, 2016, 1:23 PM

Mercedes will not be announcing which driver it will hire to replace Nico Rosberg in Formula 1 until the New Year.

Mercedes will not be announcing which driver it will hire to replace Nico Rosberg in Formula 1 until the New Year.

It is understood that the team’s senior management will not be making a decision on who it will sign to fill the seat left vacant after Rosberg’s shock retirement, which came five days after he clinched the 2016 world title at the season finale in Abu Dhabi, until the squad returns to work on the 3 January 2017 following the festive period.

The leading contender for the role is Williams’ Valtteri

Williams deputy team boss Claire Williams said that she would not stand in his way of. Shot in a championship winning car, but the team would need to replace him with an experienced driver, such as Felipe Massa.

The 2017 rules are a major change and experience will be important. Massa retired due to lack of options, not because he's done with racing or the fire has gone out.

Pascal Wehrlein Valtteri Bottas

The was also intense speculation that McLaren’s Fernando Alonso might try to force a move to the world champion squad, but such a scenario has since been denied by his camp. The double world champion also recently told staff at the McLaren factory that he is, “committed and I want to be world champion with McLaren-Honda. That's my only goal.”

Although there will be no decision taken on which driver will join Lewis Hamilton at the Brackley-based squad for 2017, Mercedes is believed to have offered Williams a £10million reduction in its customer engine bill and Pascal Wehrlein as a replacement for Bottas.

Valtteri Bottas

But while Williams has officially stayed silent on any offers for Bottas, the team’s chief technical officer Pat Symonds told Gazzetta dello Sport that losing the Finn, who scored the Grove-based squad’s best finish of 2016 with third place at the Canadian Grand Prix, would have “heavy consequences on the team” in the first year of F1’s new technical regulations.

He said: "We will have Lance Stroll on his debut, with no F1 experience, so to hold on to Bottas will be crucial for our success. People often underestimate the importance of continuity in a team.

"Despite all the instruments we have, the driver is still the final link between the engineers and the data to be interpreted. You can replace one of them, but you need the other as a milestone, especially in a season of rule changes as 2017 will be. To lose him would have heavy consequences on the team."

Would Symonds and staff be satisfied with Massa's return? The signs from Claire Williams are that they would and with a significant payout from Mercedes, who are saving upwards of £30 million over the next two years on Rosberg's salary, they can afford it.

What do you make of the news that Mercedes will not be taking a decision on which driver it will sign to replace Rosberg until the New Year? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below or head over to the JA on F1 Facebook page for more discussion.
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