Charles Leclerc to replace Lewis Hamilton as Lando Norris snubbed

Mercedes racer Lewis Hamilton still hasn't put pen to paper on a new contract with the Silver Arrows.

Charles Leclerc has been highlighted as the man to fill the shoes of seven-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton is expected to extend his stay with Mercedes well beyond the end of the 2023 season, when his current contract expires.

Speculation has still been circling, as a concrete deal has yet to materialise between Hamilton and the Silver Arrows.

George Russell is reportedly tied down to Mercedes long-term and may take over Hamilton’s place in the driver lineup in the future.

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Some were surprised that Peter Windsor, an F1 journalist and former team manager, omitted McLaren drivers Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri from his advisement of whom Mercedes should sign. 

The pair performed brilliantly at the British GP, with Norris keeping pace with Max Verstappen and clinching second place.

Piastri, meanwhile, narrowly missed out on a podium spot as he came in fourth. 

However, the esteemed F1 journalist picked Leclerc, saying it would prove an “interesting challenge,” to get the best out of the Ferrari driver.

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It is reported that Leclerc is growing increasingly discontent with his Ferrari team.

Tyre wear, balance issues, mistakes from the team and errors from Leclerc himself have caused lots of frustration at Ferrari.

Speaking on the McLaren duo, Windsor said: “Two Brits, Lando and George, probably a few fireworks going on there.

“Oscar, he’s very good isn’t he? And I suppose after a while Lando will have got used to having Oscar in the other car and how quick he is.

“Or Charles. I think Charles is such an interesting driver, such an interesting time with his career, because he’s very good, but he’s not looking very good.

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“And he’s obviously got issues going on in his head to do with all the stuff that comes with the dramas at Ferrari and everywhere else.

“For me, the challenge would be to get the best from Charles and I would love to do that.

“I would go for Charles actually, I think just because I think it would be an interesting challenge.”