According to the Daily Mail, Mercedes could replace Valtterri Bottas with George Russell, currently at Williams, during the season. At the end of the contract at the end of the year, the Finn would be more threatened than ever.
What if Valtteri Bottas didn’t finish the season with Mercedes? At the end of his contract at the end of the year, the Finn could see his adventure with the British team end earlier than expected. Indeed, according to the Daily Mail, the rumor of a possible replacement of the latter by George Russell during the season would have gained momentum recently in the paddocks. After having finished twice in 3rd place, during the Grand Prix of Bahrain and Portugal, this season, and having been forced to retire during that of Emilia-Romagna, after being struck by… Russell, the native de Nastola could pay for his somewhat disappointing start to the season (32 points), he who is currently behind Lewis Hamilton (69), Max Verstappen (61) and Lando Norris (37) in the drivers’ standings. All the more so, as thanks to the Dutchman and Sergio Perez, Red Bull (83) has solid arguments to make in the fight for 1st place in the constructors’ standings, while Mercedes is currently leading the way (101). ” There are issues at the factory over Valtteri. He’s not up to the task, which was made clearer by the work Russell did in Bahrain “, A source told the British daily on this subject.
– Valtteri Bottas (@ValtteriBottas) May 3, 2021
Horner does not believe in this change
Therefore, the possibility of seeing George Russell, the Williams driver, disembark at Mercedes during the season and replace Bottas is not excluded. Favorite to succeed the Finn in 2022, the 23-year-old driver also has a good reputation after coming very close to winning the Sakhir Grand Prix in 2020, when he replaced Hamilton, affected by the coronavirus, in the Silver Arrows. However, Toto Wolff, the team boss, does not seem ready to part with his driver, who “has nothing to prove. “For his part, Christian Horner explained not to believe too much in this possible replacement during the season. “Valtteri has shown that he can drive the car really fast. Circumstances always invite themselves so let’s see how things go, but Valtteri has done a very good job for Mercedes in recent years, for his part said the boss of Red Bull. I would be amazed if they traded Valtteri and George mid-season. »After his pole position in Portimão, Bottas is therefore likely to be closely scrutinized this weekend during the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona.