Lewis Hamilton has been strongly hinted to replace the seven-time world champion in 2013, indicating that a star profile driver was perhaps the need of the hour for the German manufacturer.
But Mercedes steered clear of entertaining any hypothetical scenarios when asked whether it would prefer to replace one champion with another.
“I cannot tell you that. It’s just speculation. I have said people try to count one and one together but sometimes one and one is three,” Mercedes Motorsport vice principal Norbert Haug told F1Pulse.com
“Until the right figure comes out, I cannot speak about theoretical situations,” he insisted.