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Ex-drivers doubt Bottas will shed Mercedes seat

Valtteri Bottas, British GP 2021

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Two previous F1 motorists have forged doubt on a widely-believed rumour suggesting Valtteri Bottas will absolutely get rid of his Mercedes seat to George Russell for 2022.

Prior to agreeing a new two-year offer for up coming year and 2023, 7 time world champion Lewis Hamilton made it apparent his choice is for Bottas to remain in location.

Indeed, due to the fact then, the Toto Wolff-led camp has been hailing Finn Bottas’ cases of ‘team play’, including giving Hamilton a slipstream and allowing him go on monitor.

On the other hand, Dr Helmut Marko has warned that if Mercedes does not advertise its junior driver Russell right after three yrs at Williams, he would take into account him for a Crimson Bull seat.

Previous F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone informed Blick newspaper: “Bottas is a great range 2 and almost nothing additional.”

Having said that, two previous F1 drivers think Mercedes may well in fact desire a ‘good amount 2’ for Hamilton future yr relatively than an bold youthful charger like Russell.

“I am not guaranteed the changeover (to Russell) will take place,” former Caterham driver Giedo van der Garde informed Ziggo Sport.

“As extensive as Hamilton is in the Mercedes, I feel Russell will not be there. He will stay at Williams,” the Dutchman predicted.

With a equivalent look at is 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg, who shared a fiercely acrimonious marriage as Hamilton’s teammate ahead of retiring and getting replaced by Bottas for 2017 and further than.

“It is a complicated 1 since Bottas is driving well and in essence would are worthy of to remain there,” the German advised the Every day Convey.

“But at the identical time, George Russell is a soaring star of the long term and doing amazingly effectively with a car that would not should have to be in Q3.

“He also would are entitled to the Mercedes seat, so it’s a challenging final decision and I never think they even know what way they are going to go but. Let us see what they choose,” Rosberg included.

If Bottas is ousted, authoritative media studies propose his management is now in talks with Alfa Romeo.

Blick newspaper claims Mercedes workforce boss Wolff is close to his Alfa Romeo counterpart Frederic Vasseur, who will reportedly have absolutely free reign to determine the Swiss-primarily based outfit’s 2022 lineup.

(GMM)