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Mercedes 'won't rush into naming Rosberg's replacement'

By David Clough

Mercedes may wait until the end of January before announcing Nico Rosberg's replacement, with non-executive Niki Lauda admitting the team are yet to make a decision on who will take the World champion's seat.

Rosberg, 31, shocked the sport when he decided to retire just five days after being crowned champion and it remains to be seen who will fill the German's boots to team up with Lewis Hamilton for 2017.

The likes of Fernando Alonso, Valtteri Bottas and Pascal Wehrlein have all been linked with the drive, but Lauda says no decision has yet been made.

"We are still making up our minds," he said.

"That is a huge discussion, really. It can take until the end of January until we know which route we are going to take.

"We had hoped for a faster solution, but the discussions have proved to be difficult.

"There are two scenarios we face - we take a young gun like Wehrlein who could turn out to be a (Max) Verstappen, or he couldn't. Or we take an experienced guy."

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