Valtteri Bottas could face the axe BEFORE the end of the season as Mercedes lose
faith in him, Lewis Hamilton could have a new teammate before the end of the season,
with a source inside the Mercedes camp confirming they are losing faith in
A swift change would open the door early for George Russell, the 23-year-old Brit
who’s favorite to take Bottas’s seat in 2022.
Bottas, whose confidence appears to be like shot, is in his fifth season with the crew,
throughout which era he has gained 9 races to Hamilton’s 44.
Mercedes are dropping religion in Valtteri Bottas, who may get replaced before the
end of the season
He has completed third, fifth, second, and second in the drivers’ championship in a
principally dominant automotive.
After a disappointing race in Portugal, when he completed third beginning on pole,
an engineer at Mercedes, talking anonymously, mentioned: ‘There are a few unrests on
the manufacturing facility about Valtteri.
‘He will not be up to it, which was made clearer by the job we noticed Russell do in
Bahrain.’ If Bottas departs then 23-year-old George Russell is the favorite to succeed
him at Mercedes, Russell, who drives for Williams however is an element of
Mercedes’ younger driver programme, stepped in for Hamilton in the Sakhir
Grand Prix final December, when the
world champion went down with Covid and would have gained however for a botched
pit-stop and a puncture.
The impetus to ring the adjustments is offered by the keenest battle for the constructors’
title for a while, with Red Bull’s tempo and partnership of Max Verstappen and Sergio
Perez creating into an actual handful for Mercedes.
The choice rests with crew principal Toto Wolff, who has remained publicly supportive of
Bottas, saying he has ‘nothing to show’, and is certain to give him additional possibilities
to present his worth with solely three rounds of the 23-race season but accomplished.