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Mercedes eye young talent Kimi Antonelli for 2025 Formula 1 seat

Mercedes are gearing up for a major change as Lewis Hamilton prepares to depart for Ferrari at the end of the 2024 Formula 1 season.

With the search for his replacement in full swing, all eyes are on young talent, and one name stands out: Kimi Antonelli.

Toto Wolff, Mercedes' team principal, has emphasized Antonelli's position as a top contender for the coveted seat. "He's definitely a very strong contender," Wolff affirmed to Xinhua, highlighting Antonelli's raw speed and talent. 

The 18-year-old Italian has been nurtured by Mercedes since his karting days, and his progression to Formula 2 this season has only fuelled speculation about his F1 future.

Antonelli's performance in Formula 2 has been promising, currently sitting ninth in the Drivers' Championship after three rounds, with a notable fourth-place finish in Melbourne. 

Wolff, however, remains cautious, stating, "I want to see how his F2 season develops." Despite the ongoing driver market frenzy, Wolff is in no rush to finalize the decision, indicating that Antonelli's potential is a key factor in the deliberation process.

As the anticipation builds, all eyes turn to the upcoming F1 Chinese Grand Prix, where drivers will face the challenge of a Sprint weekend format. The Shanghai International Circuit will host the action-packed event from April 19 to 21, featuring a condensed schedule with Sprint qualifying on Friday afternoon and the main race on Sunday. 

Amidst the excitement, Mercedes continue their meticulous evaluation, with Antonelli emerging as the leading candidate to join the prestigious team in 2025.

With Hamilton's impending departure and the quest for a new driver intensifying, Mercedes' strategic approach underscores the importance of nurturing young talent. As the F1 season unfolds, the spotlight remains on Kimi Antonelli, a rising star poised to make his mark on motorsport's grandest stage.

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