Sebastian Vettel Eyes F1 Comeback, Mercedes Contemplates 2025 Driver Lineup

Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel is rumored to be considering a return to Formula 1, with Mercedes emerging as a possible destination. While Vettel’s younger brother Fabian downplayed the speculations just last week, former grand prix winner Ralf Schumacher has shed light on the situation.

“I heard that Sebastian wants to drive a car again. Apparently, he saw what was going on with the stock market after Lewis Hamilton moved to Ferrari, and that triggered something,” Schumacher revealed in an interview with Sky Deutschland during the Bahrain Grand Prix.

However, the decision is not solely in Vettel’s hands, as Mercedes evaluates potential candidates to pair with George Russell for the 2025 season and beyond. Schumacher expressed doubts about whether Russell possesses the charisma to replace Hamilton on a global marketing scale or if Vettel, as a German driver at Mercedes, might be too much for him to handle.

“Lando Norris might have been an ideal candidate to replace Hamilton, but just prior to the bombshell news, the 24-year-old inked a new long-term deal with McLaren,” Schumacher added. Norris, when questioned about his decision to extend his contract with McLaren, stated, “I could have waited, that option was there. But I knew that there would be opportunities, and what options I already had, so I have no regrets.”

Another seasoned driver closely monitoring the unfolding scenario is Fernando Alonso, who acknowledges Mercedes’ deliberations on Hamilton’s replacement for 2025. “I’ve already said it, and I am not going to repeat it every weekend because next week it will be the same question, and I will be consistent with the answer,” said the 42-year-old Aston Martin driver in an interview with the French broadcaster Canal Plus.

“I know that my position is interesting, so I will wait a couple of races. I hope to be in the fastest car in 2025,” Alonso added optimistically.

On the other hand, Ralf Schumacher expressed disappointment with Mercedes after the three days of pre-season testing. “I’m a bit disappointed with them so far. I have the feeling that things will continue like last year. That could be why Lewis lost faith in the team and answered Fred Vasseur’s call,” Schumacher concluded. The anticipation for the 2025 driver lineup at Mercedes continues to grow as the F1 season progresses.