The Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team have confirmed that they will not announce their second driver until after the new year.

The Brackley based outfit are searching for a replacement for world champion Nico Rosberg who has retired from Formula One with immediate affect.

The front runners to replace the German are Manor Racing and Mercedes reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein and Williams Martini Racing’s Valtteri Bottas.

The Williams team have already rejected an initial offer to them from the Mercedes team for Bottas.

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