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Mercedes will soon be approached by Pierre Gasly’s management team to discuss the possibility of replacing Lewis Hamilton next year, according to reports. The latter will depart Mercedes at the end of 2024 to join Ferrari, having signed a multi-year contract with the historic Italian outfit.

Mercedes will be scrambling to find a replacement for Hamilton between now and the end of the season, with only George Russell confirmed to be driving for the team in 2025. It seems Gasly would be interested in leaving Alpine to join the Silver Arrows as he nears the end of his contract, which is due to expire after the upcoming campaign.

‘Talks are anticipated’ between Gasly’s representatives and Mercedes as they weigh up their options away from Alpine, according to F1.com. It is said that his management team are hoping to accelerate the process of sounding out new opportunities in the next few weeks.

Gasly was recently asked about the possibility of joining Mercedes following the surprise announcement of Hamilton’s impending exit and said: “It’s the last year of the contract. At the minute, my main focus is with Alpine. I’m fully on board with the team. We know what we signed for, that’s what I’m fully working on.

“There are conversations going on with the team with Alpine, seeing what we want to do in the future. I’m feeling a lot more complete than I was a few years ago. [I’m in] my prime, I’ve just turned 28. I’m feeling physically and mentally very well.”

Meanwhile, Alpine boss Bruno Famin has confirmed that discussions over Gasly’s future had already started before Ferrari swooped for Hamilton. He said: “We were talking before the Hamilton announcement, we have talked since. We know what we want.

“We will see how the market develops. Of course, we are looking at everything. We have to be ready in case. Nobody knows what can happen. Let’s be vigilant.”

It remains to be seen who will step into Hamilton’s vacant seat at Mercedes when the 39-year-old joins Ferrari at the end of this year. Toto Wolff recently insisted that he was in no rush to find Hamilton’s successor, telling CNBC: “We’re going to take our time.

“I think the spectrum is from the very young talent which could be the future for a long, long time to all the way to the other spectrum, lots of still performance and knowledge, so I’m not sure where this is going to end. But the next few months are going to be interesting in evaluating all those options.”

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