Shock driver to become Lewis Hamilton’s 2024 team-mate

Lewis Hamilton is widely believed to have been offered a two-year extension to remain with Mercedes beyond 2023.

Lewis Hamilton’s brother, Nicolas, has seemingly confirmed that the seven-time World Champion won’t be leaving Mercedes at the end of 2023, via an Instagram post.

Nicolas and Lewis are extremely close, with the Mercedes driver having attended his brother’s British Touring Car Championship race at Donnington Park earlier in the year.

Nicolas, too, is often seen supporting his brother in the paddock, along with their father, Anthony.

Lewis is, of course, still yet to sign a contract to remain at Mercedes in 2024; however, Nicolas has hinted that he will be remaining with the Silver Arrows.

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He posted a photo on Instagram of an incoming call from Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff, before joking in the caption that the Austrian wanted him to partner Lewis in 2024, instead of George Russell.

In doing so, many have seen it as confirmation that the 103-time race winner will remain with the Brackley-based team next season.

“Hmmm,” read Nicolas’ post, along with a screenshot of an incoming call from the Mercedes boss.

“Toto & @mercedesamgf1 want me to be teammate to big bro @lewishamilton for 2024 …. Should I pick up?” he joked.

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The general expectation is that Hamilton will stay at Mercedes in 2024 and presumably for 2025, with many believing he’ll sign a two-year contract extension.

Some have pondered whether the delay in announcing a deal is due to the 38-year-old wanting to see how much progress the Silver Arrows make, in order to avoid another two years not fighting for the championship.

Hamilton himself has insisted that this isn’t the case though, with there seemingly just being a lot for the driver and Wolff to discuss.

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He reportedly rejected a direct offer to join Ferrari from the Maranello-based team’s president, John Elkann, presumably to replace Carlos Sainz.

Hamilton has shown great speed at times this season and certainly is still capable of fighting for a title, if Mercedes can offer him a car good enough to topple Max Verstappen and Red Bull.

The Silver Arrows have supposedly halted development on the W14 in order to focus on designing their 2024 car, giving them as much time as possible to enter next season closer to Red Bull.