While Nicolas Hamilton’s social media comment on partnering brother Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes in F1 2024 was just a joke, was that in itself a major giveaway?
Lewis Hamilton is yet to put pen to paper on a new Mercedes contract to extend that wildly-successful alliance beyond F1 2023.
The claim from both driver and team is that a new deal will be signed, but after months of talk that confirmation is close, still it has not arrived.
Nicolas drops major hint on Lewis Hamilton Mercedes future?
Nicolas is a racing driver in his own right, a veteran of the British Touring Car Championship scene, and would take to Instagram to post a screenshot of an incoming call from Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff.
“Hmm, Toto and Mercedes want me to be team-mate to big bro Lewis Hamilton for 2024…Should I pick up?” Nicolas joked.
But, the fact he mentions Lewis as a Mercedes driver for 2024, is that just an innocent comment, or an indication that his older brother will be sticking around with the Silver Arrows for another season at least?
Hamilton’s current team-mate George Russell anyway will be thankful that an all-Hamilton F1 2024 Mercedes line-up will not come to pass.
The current F1 2023 campaign has been another bitter pill for the Mercedes team to swallow, with their fresh ambitions of returning to the title scene fading fast in a season which Red Bull have dominated, collecting all 12 grand prix victories on offer so far.
Hamilton does have one pole position to his name for the season, having pipped Red Bull’s runaway Championship leader Max Verstappen to the P1 grid slot in Hungary, but the seven-time champ is facing the prospect of going two seasons without a victory, with 2022 having marked the first win-less campaign of his F1 career.
P3 in the F1 2023 Drivers’ standings now appears to be the best result for possible for Hamilton, with Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso, who currently holds that position, just one point ahead of the Mercedes driver.