When the river sounds ... It seems that the days of the Finn Valtteri Bottas in the team Mercedes de F1 are numbered. At least that's what various German media reported.
"Next weekend on the occasion of the French Grand Prix there will be a new meeting between Bottas and the boss of Mercedes, Toto Wolff, and the decision will be made, although it is a fact that he will leave at the end of the year ..."reported the German television station RTL.
The current agreement between Bottas, who joined Mercedes in 2017, expires at the end of the year. Although in previous years its continuity was also questioned, the good results allowed it to continue. This season, on the other hand, he has not had good races and that has affected the Builders Cup, where the German team escorts Red Bull.
RTL also reported that the replacement for the Nordic would be English George Russell, which is currently in Williams and has a long-term contract with the Grove team.
However, Russell has a close relationship with Mercedes, who has mentored him since joining F.1. In addition, he used his services when his compatriot Lewis Hamilton had to miss a race last year because of coronavirus.
On the eve of the French GP, Bottas spoke of these rumors. “You can't always isolate yourself from the noise around you. Every season is the same, the same questions and the same speculations… So I think it's too early to answer that in detail. We have not yet discussed anything about the contract with Mercedes and that will come in time ", he explained to Motorsport.