Hamilton took his 11th victory of the season in Bahrain last weekend
Mercedes will need to replace Hamilton this weekend, meaning his record streak of 265 consecutive race starts since his debut in March 2007 will come to an end. Mercedes reserve driver Esteban Gutierrez is one option that the team have to replace the Briton, as is current Mercedes Formula E driver Stoffell Vandoorne, who is testing with the all-electric series in Valencia on Tuesday.
But Mercedes could also look to former F1 driver Nico Hulkenberg to substitute for Hamilton after the German filled in three times this season for Perez and Stroll, having competed in the British Grand Prix, 70th Anniversary Grand Prix and the German Grand Prix in 2020.
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